Banking: The Improbable Bostonian

It was somehow appropriate that the first tip came two months ago in Suzy Knickerbocker's syndicated society column: Serge Semenenko, 63, was soon to retire as vice chairman and director of the First National Bank of Boston. Last week the bank and the vice chairman made it official.

With his Slavic accent, lavish entertaining and yachting on the Mediterranean, Semenenko never quite fitted the Boston banking mold. In 41 years with New England's biggest commercial bank (assets $2.9 billion), he capitalized on his own quite different assets to carve an interesting place in the financial world. Son of a wealthy...

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