If the Occupy Wall Street protests have achieved one thing thus far it’s that they’ve successfully coined a phrase that has divided into the world into two groups -- the 1 percent and the 99 percent. New York’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg may have cleared the Occupy Wall Street protesters out of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, but others who clearly qualify as 1 percenters haven’t brushed the movement aside. Some CEOs, Wall Street insiders, and financial titans have publicly, and sometimes surprisingly, expressed empathy for the protesters. Though these leaders are unlikely to be sleeping in Zuccotti Park anytime soon, they have at least expressed a willingness to listen to those on the other side – a lesson Congress could stand to emulate. Drum circles in the Super Committee, anyone?
Click here to see eight financial heavyweights who have voiced their backing for the 99 percent.