Something has happened to Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio. During his two months’ off, he has become “noticeably greyer” than before.
Did Horta Osorio decide, during his time off, to stop dyeing his hair? It looks like it.
Last time wholesale banking redundancies were made, around 2008, the sale of male grooming products to investment bankers allegedly increased dramatically.
“Just ask about the sale of men’s hair dye at any City Boots and you’ll get the truth: Bankers can’t age beyond 35. You’re past it if you show any sign of silver at the temples,” someone wrote on this site at the time.
By returning from his leave of sickness absence with conspicuously grey hair, is Horta Osorio (47) signaling his unwillingness to keep feigning youth and asking for recognition that he doesn’t have the energy of 30 year old? Maybe? Should other older bankers do the same? Yes. But it may cost them their jobs.