I’ve had the opportunity to meet former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard “Dick” Grasso on two occasions, and in those brief exchanges, I found him to be terribly charming but with a detectable veneer of quiet confidence. No doubt two of the reasons why he gradually climbed the ranks at the button-down NYSE during a 30-plus-year career at 11 Wall Street.
Now whether he was worth $140 million in a deferred pay package — or whether he should have resigned amidst the firestorm over his exorbitant compensation — is probably a discussion for another day.
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