Thursday, April 27, 2006

America's Greatest Banker was Italian-American



One of the greatest bankers in American history was an Italian-American. Amadeo Peter Giannini. He was born in San Jose, California in 1870 and founded the Bank of Italy in 1904. Today the bank is better known as the Bank of America, once the largest bank in the U.S.

The Charlotte Sun-Herald has a good story about Giannini here. It was written to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake. The Bank of Italy was started in San Francisco, but has since moved to North Carolina.

The article is worth reading, as it highlights the accomplishments of one of history's great Italian-Americans. And there's not a stereotype anywhere in sight!

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