Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes conducted a poll recently that included the question: Who is Jamie Dimon? Only 14 percent of respondents correctly answered correctly: that Jamie Dimon is a “New York Banker” — more specifically, as we’re sure you know, he is the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase. “Texas Congressman” came in second with nine percent, and “X-Games Skateboarder” came in third with seven percent. Yes: seven percent of America pictures a man standing on top of a vert ramp when they hear the name Jamie Dimon.
Just four percent thought of a “Daredevil Motorcyclist” when they heard the name Jamie Dimon, and a full 66 percent just admitted “I Don’t Know”.
One might argue that, considering J.P. Morgan’s recent trading loss in London, and its position as the biggest of the too-big-to-fail banks, more people might be aware of Jamie Dimon’s identity. He did, after all, just testify in front of Congress. He hardly makes himself scarce.
Anyone who got their hopes up about bringing Glass-Steagall back after hearing Sandy Weill speak out in favor of it last week, well, you might consider tempering your hopes. Barely anyone in the United States seems to know a thing about our bizarre banking industry.