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Amadeo Peter Giannini

Bank of America

1904 - 1936


1900 b. 1870
Born-Died1870 - 1949
BirthplaceCalifornia (CA)
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1900

Giannini grew Bank of America into the worldís largest bank. Three years after surviving the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Gianniniís banking operations expanded by opening its first branch in San Jose. He continued to open banks throughout California, consolidating operations in 1927. In 1928, Giannini set up a holding company called Transamerica and purchased banks throughout New York, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada. Giannini was a pioneer in offering consumer installment loans on real estate, used cars, and home repairs.