John Allison has rarely been timid about expressing his opinions, especially when the discussion involves the role of government in people's daily lives. His message is always loud and clear: more government equals bad government.

When he was the chairman and chief executive of BB&T, Allison rarely minced words on subjects such as eminent domain and affordable housing. As an ardent supporter of the writer/philosopher Ayn Rand, he passionately defends individual liberties and free markets.

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