Google's Rock Star Banker : Planet Money Google has its own trading desk. One of the guys on the team is a Sri Lankan pop star.
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Google's Rock Star Banker

Google has been building its own trading desk, hiring bankers from Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, among others, Bloomberg News reports. They're in charge of managing Google's pile of more than $26 billion in cash and short-term investments.

As it turns out, one of the analysts on this investment team is Ranidu Lankage -- "the undisputed icon of Sinhalese RnB and hip hop who has captured the imagination of the Sri Lankan masses with his breathtaking voice and enigmatic compositions," according to Also, he used to work for Lehman Brothers.

Bankers with dreams of global pop stardom, take note: Google currently has help-wanted ads posted for a trader who's an expert in foreign-government bonds and for analysts responsible for mortgage-backed securities and U.S. government bonds.