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The Life of Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and Clinton Confidant

A life in the spotlight of American finance and politics.

Vernon Jordan, the civil rights leader, Clinton family confidant, Washington lawyer, Wall Street banker, and corporate-board-whisperer, turns 80 on Aug. 15. Here's a look at his life in the spotlight of American finance and politics.

  1. 1974
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    1974

    Vice President Gerald Ford and Jordan, then-executive director of the National Urban League, have a laugh at a league luncheon on July 29, 1974, in San Francisco.

  2. 1974
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    1974

    Ford talks with Jordan, center, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson on Oct. 25, 1974, at the White House.

  3. 1978
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    1978

    President Jimmy Carter presides over a meeting of black leaders at the White House on Dec. 4, 1978. Jordan, then president of the National Urban League, is seated beside Carter.

  4. 1980
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    1980

    Carter shakes hands with Jordan in a hospital room in New York on Aug. 6, 1980. Jordan was recovering from gunshot wounds after he addressed the convention of the National Urban League.

  5. 1993
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    1993

    Clinton waves with Jordan after boarding the “Relemar” with Senator Ted Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, in Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 24, 1993.

  6. 2000
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    2000

    President Bill Clinton and Jordan watch as their partners putt on the 14th green at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 5, 2000.

  7. 2000
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    2000

    Clinton looks on as friend Jordan kisses then-first lady Hillary Clinton goodbye on Aug. 7, 2000, at the Martha's Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts.

  8. 2008
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    2008

    Jordan is seen prior to the start of a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, on Sept. 26, 2008.

  9. 2012
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    2012

    From left, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett, and Jordan, then-senior managing director at Lazard Ltd, listen during an Economic Club of Washington dinner event on June 5, 2012.