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Emilio Botin dies at 79; banker built Banco Santander into global giant
Emilio Botin dies at 79; banker built Banco Santander into global giant

Spanish banking magnate Emilio Botin, who built the country's Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the nation's most influential business leader, died Tuesday night after having a heart attack at his home in Madrid, a company spokeswoman said. He was 79. Born into a family of bankers, Botin was known for his hands-on leadership. He turned Banco Santander, previously run by his father, into Spain's biggest bank and then into the Eurozone's largest by market capitalization through a prolonged and aggressive series of acquisitions. He also transformed it into a major bank in Latin America. Botin was known for visiting bank branches to meet...

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