With apologies to Harper’s Index, some collected statistics on the collapse of Lehman and the roller-coaster year that followed.

Add your own significant digits in the comments section.


Number of siblings who made up the original Lehman Brothers, founded as a dry-goods store in 1844: 3

Age of Bavarian immigrant Henry Lehman when he founded the business: 23

Percentage difference between the DNA of former Lehman CEO Dick “The Gorilla” Fuld and an actual gorilla: 1.6

Lehman assets listed in its record bankruptcy filing: $639 billion

Assets listed in the second-largest U.S. corporate bankruptcy filing of Worldcom $107 billion

Pounds of yellowcake uranium left on Lehman’s books from a commodity trade: