George Fisher Baker: Banking’s Rock of Gibraltar
Banker George Fisher Baker accomplished the unthinkable. He was the largest shareholder of AT&T, U.S. Steel, New York Central Railroad, Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railroad, Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank. And he was a major shareholder and sat on the boards of 43 banks and corporations, including General Electric, Consolidated Gas, American Can, National Biscuit and General Motors. Baker kept a low profile, reticent to speak publicly. He gave only one newspaper interview, a 114-word article printed in 1923, and he only talked about one subject -- silence. "Silence is the secret of success," he told the startled journalist.