Define: Rainmaker

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Definition: Rainmaker



What is the dictionary definition of Rainmaker?

Dictionary Definition


  • An employee of a company who creates a large amount of unexpected business, consistently brings in money at critical times, or brings in markedly more money than his or her co-workers, thereby floating their salaries.
  • An executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, or increase profits, etc.
  • An investor in sick or start-up business ventures.

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Full Definition of Rainmaker


A rainmaker is an employee who generates a significant amount of new business for an enterprise. Typically, this term is used in the financial services context. A rainmaker may also be someone who creates a lot of business for him or herself. A rainmaker may be a lawyer who brings many clients to a law firm. A rainmaker may be a broker who signs up many new accounts for a brokerage firm. A rainmaker is also a person who can initiate progress, take a leadership role, and have the drive to succeed. As a rainmaker is a key person who continually brings in new, or enhances existing business, it is important for an entity to cultivate new generations of rainmakers.


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Examples of Rainmaker in a sentence


The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.



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Definition Sources


Definitions for Rainmaker are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th February 2020.