5 years after Lehman: Where are key players now?

A look back at bank execs and regulators that dominated the headlines during the 2008 financial crisis and what they've been up to since.

Hank Paulson

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2008: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Paulson became Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush in July 2006, after working at Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) as CEO. Paulson was seen as the key visionary behind a plan to use government funds to buy up troubled mortgages from the banks. He helped push the so-called Paulson Plan through Congress and also worked behind the scenes to help JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) and Bank of Americ (BAC, Fortune 500)a take over weaker rivals.

But the Paulson Plan was ultimately scrapped. Government funds were instead used to prop up most of the nation's banks through the controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.

Now: chairman, Paulson Institute

Paulson founded his eponymous think tank in 2011. According to the non-profit's website, it is dedicated to promoting sustainable economic growth and environmental preservation in the US and China.

Related: Paulson on why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still a big threat

He's also been promoting a new release of his memoir about the financial crisis and has been publicly defending his work during that time.

  @maureenmfarrell - Last updated September 17 2013 02:37 PM ET
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Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, life seems mostly back to normal -- which is one reason some fear it could all happen again.

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