AskDefine | Define financier

Dictionary Definition

financier n : a person skilled in large scale financial transactions [syn: moneyman] v : conduct financial operations, often in an unethical manner

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a person who, as a profession, profits from large financial transactions
  2. a company that does the same


person profiting from large financial transactions

Extensive Definition

Financier (, or in French) is a term for a person who handles large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. The term is French, and derives from finance or payment. The term financier has upscale and haughty connotations, and the stereotype portrayed by the term is typically of a wealthy and powerful person.
A financier today can be someone who makes their living from investments, particularly in investing in up and coming companies and businesses. A financier makes money through this process when his or her investment is paid back with interest or from a certain percentage of the company awarded to them as specified by the business deal. The word financier also is synonymous with someone who handles money in any form, noted especially for his or her skill in doing so. By today's standards both a personal accountant and a stockbroker could then be considered financiers.

Job prerequisites

Officially, there are no degrees or schooling needed to be called a financier as it is a term to describe someone who handles money. Certain financier avenues do require degrees and licenses including stockbrokers, public treasurers, trust fund managers, and accountants. Investing, on the other hand, has no requirements and is open to all by means of the stock market or by word of mouth requests for money.

Types of financiers

See also

financier in Ukrainian: Фінансист (економічний)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Wall Streeter, angel, backer, banker, baron, big boss, big businessman, business leader, businessman, capitalist, captain of industry, director, economist, enterpriser, entrepreneur, finance capitalist, financial expert, industrialist, investor, king, little businessman, magnate, man of commerce, manager, moneyman, plutocrat, top executive, tycoon
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