"Financier" (pronEng|fɨˈnænsiɚ, or IPA2|finãˈsje in French) is a term for a person who handles large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. The term is French, and derives from "finance" or "payment". The term "financier" has upscale and haughty connotations, and the stereotype portrayed by the term is typically of a wealthy and powerful person.

A financier today can be someone who makes their living from investments, particularly in investing in up and coming companies and businesses. A financier makes money through this process when his or her investment is paid back with interest or from a certain percentage of the company awarded to them as specified by the business deal. The word financier also is synonymous with someone who handles money in any form, noted especially for his or her skill in doing so. By today's standards both a personal accountant and a stockbroker could then be considered financiers.

Job prerequisites

Officially, there are no degrees or schooling needed to be called a financier as it is a term to describe someone who handles money. Certain financier avenues do require degrees and licenses including stockbrokers, public treasurers, trust fund managers, and accountants. Investing, on the other hand, has no requirements and is open to all by means of the stock market or by word of mouth requests for money.

Types of financiers

* Accountants
* Stockbroker
* Treasurer
* Trust Fund Manager

Notable financiers

* Nathan Mayer Rothschild
* Carl Icahn
* Edward Lampert
* Michael Milken
* J. P. Morgan
* Anthony J. Drexel
* T. Boone Pickens
* Warren Buffett
* Jacob Schiff
* Haym Solomon
* George Soros

See also

* Philanthropy

Further reading

*Josephson, Matthew, "The Money Lords; the great finance capitalists, 1925-1950", New York, Weybright and Talley, 1972.

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  • Financier — Financier …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • financier — financier, ière [ finɑ̃sje, jɛr ] n. et adj. • financhière « celui qui finance, qui paye » v. 1420; de finance I ♦ N. m. 1 ♦ (1549) Anciennt Celui qui s occupait des finances publiques; qui avait la ferme ou la régie des droits du roi. ⇒ fermier …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • financier — 1. (fi nan sié ; l r ne se lie jamais ; au pluriel, l s se lie : des fi nan sié z enrichis) s. m. 1°   Celui qui fait des opérations de banque, de grandes affaires d argent. •   Insensiblement Babouc faisait grâce à l avidité du financier, qui n… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • financier — Financier. s. m. Qui manie les finances du Roy, ou qui est dans les affaires de finances. Riche financier. grand financier. la recherche des financiers. On appelle, Escriture financiere, Une escriture de lettre ronde. Et dans cette phrase… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Financier — Fin an*cier (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. financier.] 1. One charged with the administration of finance; an officer who administers the public revenue; a treasurer. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. One skilled in financial operations; one acquainted with money… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • financier — fi·nan·cier n 1: one who specializes in raising and expending public moneys 2: one who deals with finance and investment on a large scale Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • financier — 1610s, one concerned with finances (especially public), from Fr. financier (16c.), agent noun from finance (see FINANCE (Cf. finance)). Sense of capitalist is first recorded 1867 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Financier — Fin an*cier , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Financiered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Financiering}.] To conduct financial operations. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Financier — (fr., spr. Finangßiëh), so v.w. Rentner, Capitalist …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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