rain·​mak·​er | \ ˈrān-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce rainmaker (audio) \

Definition of rainmaker

1 : a person who produces or attempts to produce rain by artificial means
2 : a person (such as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business also : a person whose influence can initiate progress or ensure success

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rainmaking \ ˈrān-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce rainmaking (audio) \ noun

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Source: Dealogic The bank has historically relied on the power of its national brand and deep lending relationships to drum up business, rather than cultivating a culture of superstar rainmakers. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Bank of America Is Missing Out on Wall Street’s Boom," 13 Oct. 2018 The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane's impact on Hawaii (all times local): 5 p.m. Tropical Storm Lane ranks as the No. 2 rainmaker from a tropical cyclone in the United States since 1950. Fox News, "The Latest: Tropical Storm Lane 2nd wettest since 1950," 27 Aug. 2018 Steyer is the billionaire hedge fund manager and liberal rainmaker. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "David Stemerman's U.S. Hedge Fund Holdings Shrank Before His Run For Governor," 14 June 2018 The coverage of these heavy rainmakers will be scattered at first, especially within Washington and the surrounding cities and counties. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Localized flash-flooding possible tonight, with pockets of heavy rain developing," 2 June 2018 Walden officials are hesitant to name names, but executives from area rainmakers such as Google are said to make up a healthy portion of those showing interest. Corynne Cirilli, Town & Country, "The Luxury Bay Area Neighborhood That's Giving San Francisco a Run for Its Money," 29 May 2018 Scherer, the firm's rainmaker with connections to Gov. Rick Scott and other influential Republicans, owns the building and other real estate and business investments in the Fort Lauderdale area. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Top Florida law firm accused of stiffing rich client and paying bribes to witnesses | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 The rainmakers, developed by China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, will burn chemical fuel to release silver iodide into the air. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 The news of his hiring added $400 million to the company’s market cap, as investors bet that the one-time biotech rainmaker could come through once more. Damian Garde, STAT, "The stint that never happened? Biotech vet David Hung wipes Axovant from his work history," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rainmaker

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of rainmaker

What It Is

A rainmaker is a successful salesperson or other individual who generates significant revenue for a company.

How It Works

Let's say John Doe is a salesman for Company XYZ. He has a lead on a potential customer, Company ABC, which he has been cultivating for six months. John's sales methods involve calling on potential customers at certain times, providing product information in a certain format, and making sure to form a bond with the right vice presidents. He also has significant travel and entertainment expenses to wine and dine potential clients. As a result of these methods and planning, John's sales numbers are twice that of the other salespeople in the organization, and he brought in 20% of Company XYZ's revenue last year. John is a rainmaker.

Why It Matters

Rainmakers are valuable employees. They often make much more than other employees, both because they receive a percentage of their sales in commissions and because their companies want to keep them around.

Being a rainmaker means being willing to work long hours, dealing with a lot of rejection, being persistent, being educated and being a leader.

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rain·​mak·​er | \ ˈrān-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce rainmaker (audio) \

Legal Definition of rainmaker

: a person (as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business

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