Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter Account Exposed

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 03:32 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Goldman Sachs' elevator eavesdropper, who for the past three years used the Twitter handle @GSElevator to leak supposed tidbits reportedly overheard in the financial firm's elevator, has been identified.

The man behind the tweets is neither a Goldman Sachs employee nor a resident of New York City, where the firm is headquartered. Rather, he is a former 34-year-old bond executive who lives in Texas and is named John Lefevre, CBS News reported.

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"Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken this long," Lefevre told The New York Times' Deal Book blog, which uncovered his identity last week. "I knew this day would come."

Lefevre has more than 630,000 followers as of Tuesday.

At one point, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation to find who created the Twitter handle.

Upon learning that the Twitter handle was not operated by an employee of Goldman Sachs, the firm jokingly told The New York Times, "The official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately."

A former Citigroup employee for seven years, Lefevre said the Twitter account actually began as "a joke to entertain myself."

Much of the content shared by Lefevre on Twitter revolved around perpetuating commonly held stereotypes of Wall Street fat cats looking down on the middle class.

"This was never about me as a person," Lefevre said. "It wasn’t about a firm. The stories aren’t Goldman Sachs in particular. It was about the culture in general."

Lefevre's Goldman Sachs alter ego also frequently ridiculed overweight people.

In his interview with The New York Times, Lefevre was quick to point out that he never claimed to have been a Goldman Sachs employee in case legal issues arise from his Twitter account.

"To pre-empt what you’re about to say, legally speaking, I was never explicitly an employee of the firm," Lefevre told The New York Times.

Lefevre is said to be currently working on a book about the Twitter account with Simon & Schuster.

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