Most Powerful Women in Finance: No. 9, Rebecca Patterson

By Garver, Rob | American Banker, September 26, 2017 | Go to article overview

Most Powerful Women in Finance: No. 9, Rebecca Patterson


Garver, Rob, American Banker


Byline: Rob Garver

Chief Investment Officer | Bessemer Trust

Even for someone as accomplished as Rebecca Patterson, there are times when a little encouragement is helpful. That's why she keeps a book of quotations from Eleanor Roosevelt by her bedside.

"Here is a woman who was an unusual first lady at an extraordinarily challenging time for the country and world, who had an unusual marriage, and who grew up unconventionally," said Patterson, who is the chief investment officer at Bessemer Trust. "To me, she embodied resilience. Whenever I have a tough day, I read a few of her quotes and feel inspired anew."

One of her favorites: "Women are like tea bags. You don't know how strong they are until you put them in hot water."

There isn't much question about Patterson's strength. As the first woman to rise to such a senior position in the history of her 110-year-old company, Patterson has proved herself many times over managing an 87-person team that guides the investment strategies for $60 billion in client portfolios.

Patterson also makes a point of mentoring other women in finance and, more broadly, helping to push for greater diversity in the senior ranks. …

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