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Chapter 13. An Orange Squeezed > The Rise of Robert Citron

The Rise of Robert Citron

After the debacle, 69-year-old Robert Citron presented himself at the U.S. Senate hearings on the matter as an inexperienced, meek victim of Wall Street. The people who know him and worked with him for over 20 years paint a different picture. Citron's own arrogance, hubris, and ambition may have brought down both the county and himself.

Robert Citron was born and raised in California. As the son of a medical doctor, he had hoped to become a physician too. However, after two years of premed at the University of Southern California, he switched to a business major. He later left USC without a degree. He also spent some time studying government finance at Loyola University in the 1950s without earning a degree. He worked as a loan officer in a privately owned finance company. Then, in 1960, he joined the staff at the Orange County treasurer's office.


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