Fidelity Takes On The World

Can the mutual-fund giant become a global powerhouse?

Barry Bateman, Fidelity International Ltd.'s president since 1991, is not one for modesty. Noting that there are two global brand names in consumer finance, Citibank and American Express, he argues there's room for one more. With demand for savings and investment products on the increase worldwide, "I would like the global mutual-fund brand to be Fidelity," says Bateman, an intense, 52-year-old Briton.

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