After taking long and tangled paths to the tops of their respective banking companies, often helping each other’s career along the way, John “Jack” Grundhofer and younger brother Jerry Grundhofer struck what may be the ultimate friendly deal.

Certainly the two were not shy on Wednesday about drawing attention to their relationship. During a conference call to discuss the deal between Firstar Corp. and U.S. Bancorp, Jack introduced Jerry as “my mother’s favorite son” and dropped in a note that their mother was overjoyed at the prospect of Jerry’s move to Minnesota.

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