Spanish banking titan Emilio Botin dead at age 79

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FILE - In this June 17, 2006 file photo, banker Emilio Botin attends a shareholders meeting in Santander, Spain. Spanish banking magnate Botin, who built the country’s Banco Santander into a global financial giant, has died of a heart attack Tuesday night, Sept 9, 2014. He was 79. Botin was known for his hands on leadership of the bank and turned the small institution run by his father into the eurozone’s largest by market capitalization through a series of acquisitions. He also transformed it into a major banking player in Latin America. (AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano, File)MADRID (AP) — Spanish banking magnate Emilio Botin, who built the country’s Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the nation’s most influential business leader, has died of a heart attack, the company said Wednesday. He was 79.

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