The French president's half-brother is a star banker in the U.S. He now leads the global financial services group at private equity giant Carlyle, which manages $86 billion.
This year, Sarkozy and Carlyle teamed up with investors to buy a $13 billion defunct Florida lender.
Before joining Carlyle, Sarkozy worked at UBS where he advised Sallie Mae on its $25 billion bid to go private and LaSalle Bank's $21 billion sale to Bank of America.
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