01 Dec

The License Plate That Says It All: 2BG2FAIL

UPDATE: The original owner of the 2BG2FAIL license plate, Robert Kindler, a vice chairman at Morgan Stanley who is one of the firm’s top mergers and acquisitions advisors, has a new license plate! (He’s one of the many characters in “Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves”.)

Kindler, whose brother is comedian Andy Kindler (formerly of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and a regular on “The Late Show with David Letterman”), is now riding around with a license plate that says “MNA GUY.” Kindler, whose jokes on Wall Street are legendary – when he worked at JPMorgan, he had shirts made up mocking the firm’s slogan: “One Firm. One Team. Bribe a Leader.” — sent me his old 2BG2FAIL license plate in the mail. It came with a note saying that he had ordered the plate as a satirical reminder that “no one is too big to fail.”

Here’s the new plate:

MNA GUY -- Too Big To Fail

Original Post:

In Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, this picture is included of a banker’s license plate that was made as a joke after the financial crisis:

Too Big To Fail Plate

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