Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald may have lost the most employees in the September 11 attacks a decade ago, but it may also be the biggest comeback story.
The firm, which lost 658 of its 960 New York-based employees in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, now has 1,500 people in New York area. Overall, its payroll has grown by 40 percent to 5,000 worldwide.
In an interview with CNBC Friday, Howard W. Lutnick, chairman and chief executive, recounted his company's unique tale of tragedy and renewal, saying he was committed to survival.
"It wasn't as if it was a hard nosed decision, it was the only decision. There was no other way you could say it," says Lutnick.