Goldman names 84 new members to partner class, 6 more than prior group

Traders work at the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Traders work at the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Goldman Sachs elevated 84 employees on Wednesday to its prestigious partner class.

The new group has six more people than the prior class, which was announced in 2014. The latest induction will bring the total number of partners to around 484, or 1.4 percent of Goldman’s work force.

Nearly a quarter of the class is female, the highest percentage promoted from managing director to partner in the firm’s history.

Goldman, which announces new partners every two years, has cut the number by almost a quarter since 2010, when it appointed 110 to the coveted ranks. The pullback comes as the bank looks to cut costs broadly as increased regulation after the financial crisis has made traditional profit areas, like bond trading, less lucrative.

Goldman embarked on a cost-cutting plan in the first half of the year intended to save $700 million a year.

Employee pay is Goldman’s biggest expense and the title of partner comes with more responsibility and higher pay.

While Goldman went public in 1999, the partnership hearkens back to the bank’s time as a private company in which partners pooled their own money to support trading and investment banking and split the resulting profits or losses.

Partner selection involves a rigorous process known as “cross-ruffing”—a reference to a move from the card game bridge—in which candidates are evaluated by Goldman employees who are not in their own divisions.

The new partners received a call from Goldman Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein or Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn on Wednesday