J. Christopher Flowers

About J. Christopher Flowers

Who is it?: Founder and Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
Birth Day: October 27, 1957
Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
Residence: North Haven, Maine (seasonal)
Citizenship: United States
Alma mater: Harvard University (A.B., 1979)
Occupation: Private equity
Employer: J.C. Flowers & Co. Goldman Sachs (prior)
Known for: Financial services investor
Board member of: Shinsei Bank, The Kessler Group, Flowers National Bank
Children: two

J. Christopher Flowers

J. Christopher Flowers was born on October 27, 1957 in New York, New York, United States, is Founder and Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC. J. Christopher Flowers runs private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co., which focuses on the financial services sector. He studied math at Harvard and then joined Goldman Sachs in 1979, becoming a partner in 1988 before striking out on his own a decade later. In 2000 J.C. Flowers bought a beleaguered Japanese bank, the Long Term Credit Bank, which had been nationalized in 1998. He resold the business to the public under the moniker Shinsei Bank in 2004; partners reaped $2.3 billion. In 2008, he helped advise Bank of America and Merrill Lynch on their merger.
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Popular As J. Christopher Flowers
Occupation Finance and Investments
Age 66 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 27, 1957 (New York, New York, United States)
Birthday October 27
Town/City New York, New York, United States
Nationality United States

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J. Christopher Flowers’s zodiac sign is Scorpio. According to astrologers, Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They are determined and decisive, and will research until they find out the truth. Scorpio is a great leader, always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness. Scorpio is a Water sign and lives to experience and express emotions. Although emotions are very important for Scorpio, they manifest them differently than other water signs. In any case, you can be sure that the Scorpio will keep your secrets, whatever they may be.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

J. Christopher Flowers was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Flowers worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years starting in March 1979, and was a founder of Goldman's lucrative financial institutions merger practice in the late 1980s. Flowers was named partner in 1988, the same year as Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain. At 31, he was one of the youngest Goldman Sachs partners in history. Flowers retired from Goldman in 1998, one of fifteen members of the bank's operating committee to leave the bank prior to its 1998 initial public offering.


In 1998, Flowers founded J.C. Flowers & Co., a private equity advisory and fund management firm which has acquired major equity stakes in Shinsei, NIBC Bank, Hypo Real Estate, HSH Nordbank and other financial institutions. As of 2017, the company manages assets of US $6.7 billion.


Flowers was the main partner of Ripplewood Holdings CEO Tim Collins in the 2000 acquisition of Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan to form Shinsei Bank. He became a Director of Shinsei Bank in March 2000 and continues to hold that position. Shinsei's initial public offering in 2004 netted a profit of approximately $1 billion for himself and $7 billion total for his investment group. However, the value of the investor group's stake decreased in the following years.


Flowers established the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professorship at Harvard in honor of his parents in 2003. The current professor endowed by the fund is George Whitesides. Flowers also participated in the creation of the Harvard Professorship Challenge Fund in 2006, a $50 million fund to endow further professors.


J Christopher Flowers is the founder of the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the J.C. Flowers Foundation. The J.C Flowers Foundation has local African teams in Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as Harlem in the US. In 2004, the Flowers Foundation launched NetsforLife, a partnership working with Episcopal Relief & Development to fight malaria in Africa. Flowers also co-founded the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative and supports the Harlem Parolee Initiative.


After an unsuccessful attempt to arrange an acquisition of Sallie Mae in 2007, Flowers became deeply involved in the financial crisis of September 2008. He was approached by AIG to advise it on avoiding an imminent financial collapse. Flowers was well acquainted with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson from their days together at Goldman Sachs, and was among the first to warn Paulson of the impending disaster at AIG. Flowers continued to advise Bank of America as it gave up on a Lehman acquisition and went on to acquire Merrill Lynch. Flowers's role in the crisis was portrayed by Michael O'Keefe in the 2011 HBO film Too Big to Fail.


In September 2008, Flowers also purchased the First National Bank of Cainesville, a regional bank in Missouri, renaming it Flowers National Bank.


In June 2014 Flowers completed the first public listing of a British bank on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for more than a decade when he floated OneSavings Bank, a small Business and mortgage lender he bought into in 2010. Later that year he argued that banking regulations in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis had depressed profitability so much that lenders would struggle to attract enough Investors to survive the next financial crisis.


Flowers joined the Kasparov Chess Foundation Board in February 2015.


In 2016, Flowers took a stance on the growing fintech sector, stating that it would "mostly end in tears". Later that year, Fortune reported that his Investments in small British banks suffered greatly from the Brexit vote, resulting in heavy losses.

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