Washington Mutual's Ceo: Energizer Banker

He's dealing as fast as he can

Kerry K. Killinger has always known exactly where he was going. As a securities analyst in his twenties, he moved his family into a mobile home to save money and spent evenings and weekends restoring rundown houses in Spokane. Selling one every two months for several years, he bought up a major stake in his employer, Murphey Favre Inc., a brokerage house in Spokane, Wash., then brokered a deal to sell it to Washington Mutual Inc., a Seattle thrift with $2.7 billion in assets.

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