Richard (Dick) Fuld’s fall was arguably the most dramatic of the 2008 U.S. banking collapse. First, the former Lehman Brothers Holdings chairman and CEO fought to save the firm where he’d spent his entire career. After Lehman filed for bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, he had to explain the disaster to Congress, estimating that he earned roughly $350 million between 2000 and 2007. Yet Fuld, 67, hasn’t walked away from Wall Street. Despite ongoing scrutiny and litigation surrounding Lehman, he and his wife, Kathleen, still live in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2009, the year the couple sold their Park Avenue pied-à-terre for almost $26 million, Fuld launched Matrix Advisors, a New York consulting and advisory firm where he serves as chairman. Among his colleagues is Ernest Green, a notable member of the civil rights movement, who worked with him at Lehman. According to securities filings, Matrix’s clients have included Ecologic Transportation, a Santa Monica, California–based holding company specializing in green transport, and New York construction company Iron Eagle Group. Fuld may no longer be dishing out advice to many of the Fortune 500 executives he rubbed shoulders with at Lehman, but consulting probably beats the bridge circuit. — Imogen Rose-Smith

Today Frederick Goodwin is just plain old Fred. But during his eight years as CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, the former accountant transformed the firm into a global powerhouse with a string of high-profile acquisitions that earned him the nickname Fred the Shred for his skill at integration and cost-cutting — and, in 2004, a knighthood. Goodwin was also known for his arrogance, a trait that prompted the disastrous, RBS-led hostile takeover of Dutch bank ABN Amro for $100 billion in 2007. Reeling from the financial crisis, cash-strapped RBS hit up shareholders with a £12 billion ($18.4 billion) rights issue in April 2008. The U.K. government extended a £45 billion bailout, and Sir Fred resigned before the bank announced a £24 billion annual loss, the biggest in British corporate history. Goodwin, 55, resurfaced briefly in 2010 as a senior adviser to international architecture firm RMJM. After the U.K. Financial Services Authority blamed regulatory and management failings for RBS’s meltdown, the Londoner was stripped of his knighthood last year. — David Rothnie

Of all the speculators to profit from the crash of the U.S. subprime mortgage market, Michael Burry was probably the most acutely aware of the uncomfortable nature of his position — making a fortune from the misfortune of millions of middle- and low-income Americans. Burry, 42, trained as a neurosurgeon before quitting medicine in 2000 and setting up investment firm Scion Capital in his hometown of Cupertino, California. In 2005 he began shorting subprime mortgages. Burry earned millions, but after growing concerned about the regulatory risks, he closed out his position in 2008 and returned all of his investors’ capital. Rising to fame when Michael Lewis and Gregory Zuckerman featured him in their best-selling books on the subprime crisis, The Big Short and The Greatest Trade Ever, respectively, Burry stepped back from the investment business and started managing only his own money. Earlier this year, though, he launched Scion Asset Management; he’s now seeking to raise as much as $200 million from outside investors. — I.R.-S.