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Outside the firm's midtown office on the day of the final shareholders' vote, artist Gregory Raymond collected signatures on his Cayne portrait.
"He's an adult, not a whiner."

Describing the way Joe Lewis - a Bahamas-based, billionaire commodities investor and Bear Stearns' brokerage client - reacted at losing around $1 billion when Bear collapsed. Lewis invested after Cayne flew to Orlando to convince him that Bear Stearns' stock was a bargain and might be worth a big bet. The two bonded over a shared love of gin rummy and in September 2007, Lewis made the first of several purchases of Bear stock, spending $864 million for a 7% stake.

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