The financial planers of the rich were very busy leading up to the ball drop on New Years Eve. Everyone from George Lucas to families with long ailing patriarchs had to make some tough decisions. (In the latter case whether to take great grandpa off of life support.)
Al Gore sought to sell Current TV before the January 1st deadline but failed to do so. Goldman Sachs, the ever savvy crony capitalists were smarter. They awarded their bonuses early.
The CEO of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein, who often visits the White House, and has long supported the President, came out last year for increasing the tax rate on those who make over $250,000. But he made sure that his bonus was paid out ($4 MM) before the deadline hit.