Richard Severin "Dick" Fuld, Jr. (born April 26, 1946) is an American banker and executive best known as the final Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers. Fuld had held this position since the firm's 1994 spinoff from American Express until 2008. Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on September 15, 2008, and subsequently announced a sale of major operations to parties including Barclays Bank and Nomura Securities.
Fuld was nicknamed the "Gorilla" on Wall Street for his competitiveness.
Fuld was born in New York, New York, to Jewish parents, Richard Severin Fuld, Sr. and Elizabeth Schwab. He received both a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1969 and his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1973. While attending Boulder, Fuld participated in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was president of the school's chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity.