Walter Wriston

Walter Wriston

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Death 19 Jan 2005 (aged 85)
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Memorial ID 10378836 · View Source
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Banker. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he used technology and global expansion to help build Fist National City Bank into today's Citigroup, one of the largest banking organizations in the world. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and later a master of arts at Tufts University's Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy; after service with the State Department and four years in the U.S. Army during World War II, he joined Citibank's predecessor organization, First National City Bank in 1946 as a junior inspector in the controller division; spent the 20 years working his way up through the company to become president and chief executive in 1967 and chairman of the board in 1970. During his tenure he expanded bbranches worldwide by offering credit cards, mortgage banking and real estate development. Also remembered for introducing the first network of automated teller machines where customers could obtain cash 24 hours each day. When he finally retired in 1984, First National City Bank had become Citibank, Citicorp and finally Citigroup with operations in over 100 countries. Considered by many to be one of the foremost bankers of the 20th century, the banking organization he built controls total assets of more than $1.4 trillion. Cause of death: pancreatic cancer, in New York City.


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  • Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 26 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10378836
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Wriston (13 Aug 1919–19 Jan 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10378836, ; Maintained by Fred Beisser (contributor 46555840) Unknown.