Winthrop H Smith Jr

The Only Firm on Wall Street with a Soul

Win Smith, Jr. is one of few people who has known every CEO at Merrill Lynch and shares the intimate details of his first-hand experiences in this excerpt from his book, Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World.

Bring Main Street Back to Wall Street

In 1940, my father convinced his friend Charlie Merrill to return to the business of stock broking. For the prior decade, Merrill had focused on his private equity investments, notably Safeway Stores, while my dad was a partner of EA Pierce at a stoc...
Winthrop H Smith Jr

Winthrop H Smith Jr

During Winthrop H. Smith's final decade with the firm, he was EVP of Merrill Lynch & Co., member of the Executive Management Committee, and Chairman of Merrill Lynch International. He is one of few people who has known every CEO at Merrill Lynch and shares the intimate details of his first-hand experiences in his book, Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World. Smith is currently majority owner and President of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont and director of four financial firms in the U.S. and Canada.