Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein said on Wednesday that he believes his successor is working at the firm now.

While the choice is ultimately up to Goldman's board of directors, Blankfein said: "It is a very high likelihood, close to 100 percent, that the next leader of Goldman Sachs is at Goldman Sachs."

Blankfein made the comments at a New York Times conference in New York.

(Reporting by David Henry in New York; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick.)