Top 10: Goldman Sachs' Biggest Winners

Marc Spilker, who helps run Goldman's entire massive investment management business, recently made the kind of headlines his bosses hate. He got into a vitriolic public dispute with his East Hampton neighbor, hedge fund heavyweight Jim Chanos, over a shared pathway to the beach near their homes. Spilker's area produces nearly $1 billion in revenues each quarter.

The Salespeople

Harvey Schwartz, Goldman's head of global sales and a co-head of the firm's securities division. "People don't realize how much sales drives Goldman's business," said one Wall Street headhunter. "Harvey is always among the firm's best paid people."

Isabelle Ealet, London-based global head of commodities and who runs the sales team for this hugely successful trading operation. She ranks No. 32 on Fortune magazine's list of the most powerful women in business.

The Bankers

Gordon Dyal, global head of mergers and acquisitions. According to Deallogic, Goldman ranked No.1 in global M&A transactions through the first three-quarters of the year. Its investment banking division had produced $3.2 billion in net revenue. In one of the biggest fee-generating deals of the year, Goldman advised Burlington Northern Santa Fe when the railroad was bought out for $44 billion by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

Richard Friedman, 51-year-old head of Goldman's merchant banking division. A few years ago he helped pull off the historic initial public offering of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Goldman has maintained a modest investment stake in ICBC, which continues to produce eye-popping returns -- ICBC shares yielded Goldman $1.1 billion worth of revenue through the first nine months of 2009.

Compensation Policy Change

Goldman, which was among a slew of banks that took TARP funds last year during the thick of the financial crisis, has come under attack for its reported compensation kitty --which is expected to exceed $20 billion.

Most recently, the Security Police and Fire Professionals of America Retirement Fund filed a shareholder lawsuit against Goldman, naming Blankfein and other executives as defendants. The suit is seeking to recover billions of dollars in bonus money the institutional investor claims is being paid out improperly. Goldman has said the suit is without merit.

Goldman released a statement last week saying it had decided to make changes to its compensation practices. The firm has been deluged by criticism that it made billions on the back of the American taxpayer. While Goldman has paid back TARP money it took, it has also benefited from billions in bonds that it issued. The bonds were backed by the FDIC.

Goldman is also said to have benefited indirectly from government billions paid to the failed insurance giant AIG -- funds that AIG used to repay loans to Goldman. Critics say Goldman has also been allowed to take advantage of the Federal Reserve's discount window, where assets that are deemed dicey can be used as collateral to borrow cash cheaply.

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