Merrill Boss Stan O'Neal - Did You Know ?

The New York Times recently did a profile on Merrill Lynch boss Stan O'Neal, a man who celebrates one year as the firm's CEO next month. CityNews looks at some of the more interesting facts from this profile of a man who is anything but a typical Wall Street CEO.

Born some 52 years ago, O'Neal was brought up in a small Alabama town. For those who don't already know, he is the grandson of a slave.

He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and got his MBA from Harvard.

After starting out with General Motors, he joined Merrill Lynch in 1987, working in the firm's high-yield bond department.

A numbers man, O'Neal is said to prefer a night in with his wife and twins (a girl and a boy), than going out entertaining clients. He will sometimes dine alone at Nicola's, a restaurant close to his Upper East Side Manhattan home. He also has a weekend pad on Martha's Vineyard.

Described as dispassionate and clinical, he is a 'lean, wiry man, controlled in speech and disposition'. He has graying hair, tightly cropped. O'Neal apparently spends half-an-hour on the treadmill in his office at 5.30pm each working day.

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