Goldman Sachs' number-two says he wants to be in charge.
"Of course I would like to be CEO of Goldman Sachs, but I am very happy in the role and job I'm in now," Goldman COO Gary Cohn said on Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. "I am very happy doing what I am doing."
Cohn could be in the position to see his dream come true if speculation that Goldman Sachs' current CEO will step down proves true. Fortune Magazine reported in February that Blankfein might step down as CEO as early as this summer and that Cohn was the leading candidate to take over the role.
Perhaps such reports were premature though. Blankfein joked earlier this month that he plans on "staying forever or dying at my desk," according to the Financial Times.
In the Bloomberg TV interview, Cohn also discussed the recent public criticism JPMorgan Chase is facing over its $2 billion trading loss, noting that the debacle has been bad for all banks, including Goldman Sachs.
"I don't think it's good for anyone to be in the public light -- for negative reasons," Cohn said on Bloomberg TV. "I can tell you for sure it's not good for us to have JPMorgan going through what they're going through."
Too-big-to-fail banks are in this together, he added.
"There is a finite group of major financial players...and overall the best thing for all of us is to be in an industry that's well respected, well regarded, and well thought of," Cohn said. "If one of us has a problem reputationally, the other may have the problem, and they will end up getting very similar questions, and their clients will question them."
Blankfein earlier this month expressed a similar antipathy toward being made to ask and answer questions about risk management.
"If you’re getting pounded and being made to ask questions, what kind of economic system do we have?" Blankfein said, according to Bloomberg News.