Bloomberg Markets' 50 Most Influential

By Bloomberg Markets - 2012-09-05T07:58:26Z

Photograph by Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

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Bob Diamond

Former CEO, Barclays Plc.

An American in London, Diamond, 61, rose to the top job at Barclays by building an investment bank that kept the company's profit growing. He courted controversy, though, pushing back against some regulations and commanding the highest pay of any British bank CEO. He resigned after Barclays paid a record fine for manipulating the London interbank offered rate.

WHAT HE SAYS: "I worry that the world looks at Barclays, and a group of traders who had reprehensible behavior, and that that is being put on Barclays in a way that is not representative of the firm that I love so much." - Diamond, testifying to Parliament on July 4.