James Caan

James Caan

Born: February 14, 1934
Age: 90
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James E. "Jimmy" Cayne (born February 14, 1934) is an American businessman, a former CEO of Bear Stearns. In 2006 he became "the first Wall Street chief to own a company stake worth more than $1 billion" but he lost most of that in the 2007-2008 collapse of Bear Stearns' stock and sold his entire stake in the company for $61 million.


Early life and career

Cayne grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His father was a patent attorney. Cayne attended Purdue University, but he left before graduating to join the United States Army. Cayne is a member of Kappa Beta Phi.

His first job was as a traveling salesman; he then sold scrap iron and municipal bonds. In 1969 he was playing bridge full-time in New York City when Alan C. Greenberg, then a relative novice at the bridge table, hired him as a stockbroker at Bear Stearns. Cayne became president in 1985, CEO in 1993, and Chairman of the Board (while continuing as CEO) in 2001. He was replaced as CEO only in 2008 and he was with the company until its demise.


In 2005, Forbes magazine ranked him 384th among the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $900 million. By 2008 Cayne had lost nearly 95% of his fortune as a result of the collapse of Bear Stearns.

Cayne has been the subject of various press reports since the Bear collapse, including the fact that he sold his stake in the company for $61 million after its crash. On March 14, 2008, Charlie Gasparino of CNBC reported that the value of Cayne's holdings in Bear Stearns had declined from $997 million to significantly less than $200 million in the wake of Bear Stearns liquidity crisis. Just days later, Bear Stearns came to agreement with competitor JP Morgan for a full buyout at only $10 share, roughly $236 million for the entire firm. At the time, Cayne had significant exposure to the company's stock, with most of his net worth tied up in shares of the company. It is estimated that the value of Cayne's holdings had dropped to less than $15 million as a result, effectively removing him from the list of the wealthiest individuals in the country. On March 27, 2008, it was announced that Cayne sold his entire stake in Bear Stearns, over 5.61 million shares, for $10.82 a share. This stake was sold prior to the vote on the renewed bid by JP Morgan for Bear Stearns.

Cayne was named in Time Magazine's list of '25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis'.

Personal life


In 1971, Cayne married his second wife, Patricia Denner, who is also Jewish; they have one child, Allison Cayne Schneider. Allison is divorced from hedge fund manager Jack Schneider with whom she has five children. He is uncle to hedge fund investor Richard Cayne Perry.


Cayne, himself a sound bridge player, has recruited international-class professionals to form teams that have won more than a dozen North American championships. For example, he hired one American and four Italian world champions to win the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams in November 2011, his sixth win in that teams-of-four competition. His bridge career as a sponsor and player has resulted in attaining the ranks of ACBL Grand Life Master and World Bridge Federation World Master. In the biennial Bermuda Bowl world championship teams, his 1995 team USA1 —one of two that represented the United States, a unique status— finished ninth, (the lowest U.S. finish in the sixty-year history of the event), while Team USA2 placed first. In March 2002, a new daily newspaper, The New York Daily Sun, announced that Cayne would be contributing a bridge column.


North American Bridge Championships (16)

  • Spingold (3) 1989, 1990, 2015
  • Reisinger (6) 1977, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Grand National Teams (1) 1994
  • Open Board-a-Match Teams (1) 2011
  • Men's Board-a-Match Teams (2) 1969, 1988
  • Jacoby Open Swiss Teams (2) 1996, 2005
  • Master Mixed Teams (1) 1966
  • Life Master Men's Pairs (1) 1969

United States Bridge Championships (1)

  • Open Team Trials (1) 1995

Other notable wins:

  • Maccabiah Games (1) 1981
  • Cavendish Invitational Teams (1) 1986
  • Cavendish Invitational Pairs (1) 1982
  • Goldman Pairs (1) 1968
Runners up
  • Olympiad Mixed Teams (1) 1974
  • World Mixed Pairs (1) 1974

North American Bridge Championships (15)

  • Vanderbilt (3) 1983, 1997, 1998
  • Spingold (3) 1994, 1997, 2006
  • Reisinger (4) 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996
  • Open Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1995
  • Men's Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1989
  • Mixed Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1996
  • Life Master Pairs (2) 1969, 1973

United States Bridge Championships (1)

  • Open Team Trials (1) 1998

Other notable 2nd places:

  • Now! Invitational Pairs (1) 1981
  • Cavendish Invitational Pairs (1) 1976

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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