DEC. 1997

He engineers sale of Union Bank of Switzerland to Swiss Bank.

SEPT. 1999

He breaks up conglomerate Alusuisse-Lonza and sells Alusuisse to Alcan.

DEC. 2000

Declares he has built a 10% stake in Investor, the Wallenberg holding company, and demands it improve its performance.

MAY 2001

Makes $2 billion for his firm by selling its 20% stake in pharmaceutical company Roche to arch-rival Novartis.

JAN. 2002

Builds up 20% stake in insurer Baloise.

NOV. 2001

Forces out ABB Chairman Percy Barnevik as part of a drive to restore the engineering giant's flagging performance.

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