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CFTC’s Gary Gensler just one of the “Little Monsters”

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2011

Christopher Doering found there is more to the CFTC chairman than markets.

MUSIC-GRAMMYS/When he’s not scaring Wall Street and big banks to make sure they follow the rules, there’s a chance the head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moonlighting as a “Little Monster.”

The haunting moniker, used by American pop singer-songwriter Lady Gaga to describe her fans, aptly applies to the hard-working Gary Gensler who was among the thousands of fans who attended the popular performer’s show in Washington last week.

“Do you want to know how Lady Gaga was?” he asked reporters at the Reuters Future Face of Finance Summit.

“It was terrific. It was really terrific,” said Gensler. He did not go to the show with his three daughters, but shied away from identifying his concert-going companion(s).

“She’s a great vocalist. She really is … savvy performer,” he said of the 24-year-old known for her monster hits such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson (Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 13)

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