2009 was a time for a lot of criticism of our financial system, some warranted and some not. One thing is for sure though – Jamie Dimon, originally a star protege at Citi who got passed up for the top job there, was a big reason for JPMorgan weathering through the financial crisis of 2008/09.

Dimon didn’t have an affinity for extravagant thing, and came into JPMorgan in 2004 slashing pay, benefits, and jobs. This is what did it.