Updated Thursday, September 3, 2015 as of 7:28 PM ET

Life Stories: Barclays' Steve Houston Discusses His Life

I was born and raised in Texas. As far back as high school I wanted to work in finance, largely because I had mentors, including my father, who worked in the energy industry, which at the time was a bit more volatile and less prosperous than it is these days. In 1989, after graduating from the University of Texas, I was hired by Paine Webber in New York and worked in its mortgage-backed securities division.

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