Barrie Wigmore was born in Canada in 1941, married his wife, Deedee, in 1964, went to Oxford University, and subsequently worked for the Canadian investment dealer A.E. Ames & Co. (since disappeared). He came to the United States in 1970 to work for Goldman, Sachs, & Co. He founded the firm’s Public Utility Department dealing with electric and gas utilities, natural gas pipelines, and telephone companies around the world and became a Partner in 1978. He was involved in most of the pipeline mergers and United Kingdom utility privatizations in the 1980s. He retired in 1988 as a Limited Partner but maintained an office at Goldman Sachs until 2006.
He holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Oregon, and Oxford University. He was granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws by the University of Saskatchewan and is an honourary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
He has published two other books—The Crash and Its Aftermath—Securities Markets in the United States 1929-1933 (Greenwood Press, 1986) and Securities Markets in the 1980s (Oxford University Press, 1995)—as well as numerous academic articles on financial history.
He was deeply involved in the election of President Clinton and several of the signature policies of his administration.
Mr. Wigmore is a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chairman of the Trust for the Endowment of Worcester College, Oxford. He was a director of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan from 1989-2002 and National Service Industries from 1997-2002.
He is a member of Winged Foot Golf Club, and is an avid, but not particularly good, golfer. He is a better poker player.
His wife, Deedee, is the President of D. Wigmore Fine Art Inc. and one of the leading dealers in historic American paintings.
The Wigmores maintain a second home in the Adirondack Mountains near Saranac Lake, NY which features arts & crafts buildings, 2 dogs, 4 cats, many specimen trees, and beautiful perennial gardens.
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