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Bernard Baruch
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    (August 19, 1870-June 20, 1965)
    Born in Camden, South Carolina
    Stock broker/Philanthropist/Presidential advisor
    Chaired the War Industries Board (1918-19)
    Member of Woodrow Wilson's staff at the Paris Peace Conference
    Member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'Brain Trust'
    American representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (1946)
    He had an affair with Clare Booth Luce.
    One reviewer called his autobiography 'a seamlessly banal and disingenuous work.'
    His comment, 'Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter' is often misattributed to Dr. Seuss; it also tends to be treated as advice on how to live your life, when all Baruch was doing was joking about the seating arrangements at his parties.
    He rarely held official posts while advising presidents, giving him influence without accountability.
    Like the Rothschild family, he inspires a lot of antisemitic muttering about Jewish financiers who secretly run the world.
    He started as a $3-a-week clerk on Wall Street and became a self-made millionaire before he was 30.
    German General Paul von Hindenberg said he 'won the war fo the Allies' by managing America's economic mobilization during WWI.
    He received the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his contributions to the war effort.
    He was the first person to use the phrase 'Cold War' to describe the post-WWII standoff between the US and USSR (April 16, 1947).
    On his 85th birthday, he said 'To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.'

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