As financial services undergo an historic wave of mergers, Sanford I. Weill is at the top of his game. The renowned dealmaker has assembled one of the closest things yet to a true financial services supermarket - Travelers Group. Mr. Weill, American Banker's Pacesetter of 1997, is profiled on page 14. On subsequent pages, the paper spotlights five bankers who struck groundbreaking deals in 1997, and 10 other people who, in singular ways, stood for the year.

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