Charles Prince

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Person.png Charles Prince  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornJanuary 13, 1950
Alma materUniversity of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Georgetown University Law Center.
Member ofAlbright Stonebridge Group/Team, Business Roundtable, Council on Foreign Relations/Historical Members, Johnson & Johnson
One of the main culprits for the 2008 economic crisis

Employment.png Chairman of Citigroup

In office
2006 - 4 November 2007
Preceded bySanford I. Weill
Succeeded byRobert Rubin

Charles Owen "Chuck" Prince III is an American corporate executive and lawyer. He is a former chairman and chief executive of Citigroup.[1] He succeeded Sandy Weill as the chief executive of the firm in 2003, and as the Chairman of the Board in 2006. On November 4, 2007 he retired from both his chairman and chief executive duties due to unexpectedly poor 3rd quarter performance, mainly due to CDO and MBS related losses, while still receiving a $38m pay package.[2]

Early life and education

Charles Owen Prince III was born in Lynwood, California on 13 January 1950 to Charles Owen Prince II and Mary Doyle.[3] Prince went to the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business for his Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and Juris Doctor.[4] He continued his education, going on to receive a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center.


Prince started his career as an attorney with U.S. Steel Corp in 1975. In 1979, he joined Commercial Credit Company, a predecessor to Citigroup that Sandy Weill took over in 1986.[5] He was promoted in 1996 to Executive Vice President of the firm, which at this point, was known as the Travelers Group.[6] In 2000, shortly following the 1998 merger of Travelers and Citigroup, Prince was named chief administrative officer of the newly created firm, Citigroup.[7] He was subsequently promoted to chief operating officer in 2001, to chairman and chief executive of Citi Markets and Banking in 2002, and finally to chairman and chief executive.

Credit crisis

On Sunday, 4 November 2007, Prince resigned from his post as CEO of Citigroup due to the failing mortgage industry. He was replaced by Vikram Pandit as the CEO of Citigroup,[8] and by Robert Rubin as its Chairman.

Prince left with an exit bonus valued at $12.5 million, in addition to the $68 million he received in stock and options he had accumulated during his career, together with a $1.7 million pension, an office, car and driver for up to five years. During his tenure, the market value of Citigroup dropped by $64 billion.[9] He is still a consultant with Citigroup.

In 2008, Fortune named Charles Prince as one of eight economic leaders "who didn't [see] the crisis coming", noting his overly optimistic statements in July 2007.[10] In January 2009, Guardian city editor Julia Finch identified him as one of twenty-five people who were at the heart of the financial meltdown.[11]

Prince famously said about Citigroup's continued commitment to leveraged buy-out deals, despite fears of reduced liquidity because of the occurring sub-prime meltdown: "As long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance." [12]

Personal life

Prince is currently married to Margaret L. Wolff.[13]


Prince serves in the influential trade group the Financial Services Forum, as well as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable, and several other organizations.[14] Along with his directorship on the Citigroup board, Prince has been a member of Johnson & Johnson's board since February 13, 2006.[15] He also serves as a trustee for several education institutions including Weill Medical College, Teachers College, and The Juilliard School. Prince formerly was a Senior Counselor to Albright Stonebridge Group.[16]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200625 January 200629 January 2006World Economic Forum
Only a few of the over 2000 participants are known
WEF/Annual Meeting/200724 January 200728 January 2007World Economic Forum
Only the 450 public figures listed of ~2200 participants


  10. Katie Benner and Christopher Tkaczyk: 8 who saw the crisis coming ...and 8 who didn't - The Dancer Fortune/, August 2008