SANFORD WEILL: WALL STREET'S HIGHFLYER

WITH A $9 BILLION BUYOUT OF SALOMON, TRAVELERS' WEILL-Y CHAIRMAN SAVORS A RETURN TO THE TOP

Sanford Weill, chairman of Travelers Group, is known to keep reams of business information in his head--for instance, precisely when he stomped out as president of American Express after clashing with then-CEO James Robinson. "August 1985," he says, correcting a reporter about the time of the event. In a decade of almost nonstop dealmaking since then, Weill has not only clawed his way back but last week was being hailed as the new king of Wall Street after Travelers sealed a $9 billion deal to acquire Salomon Bros., one of the world's largest bond-trading houses. Says Weill, 64, of his odyssey:...

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