Wall Street’s most famous fictional character who appeared as the villain in the 1987 Oliver Stone movie “Wall Street”. Gordon Gekko was reportedly based on multiple real-life individuals on Wall Street.
The character, a ruthless and wildly wealthy investor and corporate raider, has become a cultural symbol for greed, as epitomised by the famous “Wall Street” quote “Greed is good.”
In “Wall Street,” the protagonist, a young stockbroker named Bud Fox, is desperate to work with Gordon Gekko, who is a legend in the world of finance. Predatory, amoral Gekko is only impressed when Fox is willing to compromise his ethics and provide Gekko with inside information about his father’s company. Gekko makes Fox wealthy, but eventually, Fox regrets what he has done and turns state’s evidence against Gekko, who is sent to prison for securities fraud and insider trading.
Another star of the movie was a young Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, our most beloved Wall of Infamy personality!
In 2010, Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps was released starring Michael Douglas, set amid the global financial crisis of 2008.