A supplement to American Banker

The sixth annual special report on individuals and corporations that made news or otherwise influenced the card industry as leaders in the last year.

Citibank: More than Just About Size

Sheer volume has its value, but A. Sami Siddiqui says his deal for the AT&T business had many other benefits. 3A

Nations-B of A Merger Looking Like a Good Fit

Combining each bank's leadership in several products results in a powerhouse that can support big investments in technology and marketing. 5A

Capital One Says It's Riding a Tech Revolution

Its founders insist they are running more of a marketing company than a credit card company as it adds noncard products. 6A

Spinoff by Ford Sics a Monster on the Market

Associates First Capital is now in a position to frighten competitors in cobranding and the private-label part of the card business. 9A

Two Big Banks Carve a Niche With Joint Venture

BankBoston and Harris are hoping to end up with much more than "an adjunct to their overall retail business," its leaders say. 10A

Big Gains With Commercial Cards Spurring NationsBank

Expectations are high as it offers a new card system to corporate customers that it originally developed for government agencies. 12A

Other Newsmakers

Fleet, Metris, Banc One, MBNA, Chase, and Providian. 14A

Editors Jeffrey Kutler

Jennifer Kingson Bloom

Edward Kulkosky

Art Director Debbie Romaner

Designer Janet McDowell

Photo Editor Tamara Lynas

Cover

Illustration Amy Vangsgard

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