The Big Short

by

Michael Lewis

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Ace Greenberg Character Analysis

Ace Greenberg is the name on all the statements from Bear Stearns that Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai receive, but they have a hard time reaching him and are only able to get a comically brief meeting with him. Greenberg represents how unreachable the inner circle of Wall Street can be for outsiders, even outsiders as successful as Charlie and Jamie.
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Ace Greenberg Character Timeline in The Big Short

The timeline below shows where the character Ace Greenberg appears in The Big Short. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...they transfer their account to Bear Stearns, where their brokerage statements come back with “ Ace Greenberg ” at the top (a former CEO of Bear Stearns and a Wall Street legend). (full context)
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Despite multiple attempts to contact Ace Greenberg , the most Jamie and Charlie ever get is a 30-second meeting with him before... (full context)