John Lefevre, the Man Behind Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter Feed, Reveals He's Never Worked for the Company

Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter

Tweets from @GSElevator, a once-anonymous account that publishes “overheards”  from the Goldman Sachs elevator, always felt too ridiculous to be true. But for three years, the purportedly uncensored quips it published, like, “Groupon…Food stamps for the middle class,” served as a deliciously en pointe parody of Wall Street’s upper crust. We all hoped it was an inside job.

Alas, (or perhaps impressively), those Tweets were not emanating from the oft-villainized financial institution. The New York Times has unmasked the once-anonymous tweeter as 34-year-old John Lefevre, a former bond executive for Citigroup who now lives in Texas. He started the account "as a joke to entertain myself."

Business Insider has obtained what they report is a photo of Lefevre, in which he is holding up two rifles.

Lefevre says he never deceived his 629,000 Twitter followers because he never explicitly stated he worked at Goldman. "It wasn’t about a firm. The stories aren’t Goldman Sachs in particular. It was about the culture in general," he told the Times. However, in 2011, the person purporting to be behind @GSElevator told the Times that he was indeed a Goldman employee:

Q: Are you really a Goldman employee?

A: Yes. However, I cannot really elaborate on this in terms of team or location, other than to say that I am a career banker. And to preemptively clarify, I am in a front-office, revenue-producing, client-facing role. 

There's no word yet as to whether or not the person from this 2011 interview was in fact Lefevre.

"Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken this long," he said of his outing this week. "I knew this day would come."

Critics of the Twitter handle, including comedian Rob Delaney, say Lefevre stole other people’s jokes.

Regardless, the popular Twitter account won Lefevre a six-figure book deal from the Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone. They say they were never in the dark about his identity.

"He’s been pretty straight with us the entire time, so this is not a surprise," said the book’s editor, Matthew Benjamin.

Goldman Sachs, it seems, is relieved.

A spokesman for the firm, after being told that @GSElevator had been unmasked, said in a statement, “We are pleased to report that the official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately.”