Comments overheard at Goldman Sachs

What is the GSElevator Twitter account?

The GSElevator is a parody Twitter account that tweets one-liners that supposedly were overheard in Goldman Sachs’ elevators.  The account mocks banking culture and the stereotypes of Wall Street.

You can read the @GSElevator tweets here -> https://twitter.com/gselevator

The account is authored by John Lefevre, who has never actually worked at Goldman Sachs, but who bases his tweets on what he perceives their culture to be from the outside.  The Twitter account has hundreds of thousands of followers.

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Top Tweets

Below are some of the most popular tweets from the Twitter account.  Note: CFI does not endorse these comments.

  • Some chick asked me what I would do with 10 million bucks. I told her I’d wonder where the rest of my money went.
  • Money might not buy happiness, but I’ll take my chances!
  • Getting laid off from Goldman is like being traded by the Yankees. You’ll probably still make millions, but it’s just not the same.
  • If I could choose between world peace and a reasonable fortune, my first Lambo would be orange.
  • Groupon… Food stamps for the middle class.
  • If you can only be good at one thing, be good at lying… because if you’re good at lying, you’re good at everything.
  • My garbage disposal eats better than 98% of the world.

Stories and Long-Form Posts

In addition to popular one-liners, the GSElevator also publishes some long-form posts, which have also garnered a lot of interest.

One of the most popular stories is “The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Being A Man”, which includes “tips” like:

  • It’s okay to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.
  • Time is too short to do your own laundry.
  • Stop talking about where you went to college.
  • Tip more than you should.


John Lefevre has used the Twitter account as a platform to market his book, Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals. The book details the history of the infamous Twitter account and the internal investigation Goldman Sachs launched into discovering who the author was.

The book can be purchased on Amazon here.

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