In the year since banker became a bad word, Leonard Abess brought some goodwill and some good p.r. to the besmirched financial sector. After helping cinch a deal to sell off part of City National Bank of Florida, Abess City National's CEO and the son of its founder took his $60 million bonus from the deal and divvied it up among 471 current and former bank employees. He didn't do it for publicity Abess's generosity made headlines only when a local paper got wind of the good deed but he certainly got recognition in the end. President Obama called Abess out by name in a speech to Congress about the financial crisis, heralding the 60-year-old executive as a model of responsible leadership in a business whose chieftains have otherwise become synonymous with overreaching greed.
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