John Thornton

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(academic, businessman, financier)
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Alma materHarvard College, Oxford University, Yale University
Member ofBarrick Gold, Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993
Became a Goldman Sachs partner at age 34. Barrick Gold Corporation, Bilderberg

John Thornton


Thornton joined Goldman Sachs in 1980 and became a partner at age 34.[1] In 1983, he founded and developed Goldman Sachs' European mergers and acquisitions business. He first began work in London in 1985, and served as co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International in London from 1995 to 1996. Thornton was Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia from 1996 to 1998, where he expanded the firm's regional franchise during the Asian financial crisis. He announced his retirement from Goldman Sachs in 2003 to take up an academic position in China, although he would remain an adviser on issues related to China. According to the New York Times, Thornton's decision to retire "was prompted by a recognition that Mr. Paulson, who is 56, plans to remain Goldman's leader for at least three to five more years, delaying Mr. Thornton's expected promotion."[1]

Thornton was on the boards of many large public companies including China Unicom, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Intel and News Corporation. He is currently Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation,[2] a member of the board of Ford Motor Company[3] and also serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Pinebridge Investments.[4]

Deep political connections

He is also Chairman of the Board of trustees of the Brookings Institution.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
The 47th Bilderberg, 111 participants
Bilderberg/20001 June 20004 June 2000Belgium
The 48th Bilderberg, 94 guests
Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
The 49th Bilderberg, in Sweden. Reported on the WWW.
Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests
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