From Tears To Cheers In Cleveland

How billionaire Al Lerner bagged the Browns and soothed his angry city

Alfred Lerner is reluctantly playing tour guide, escorting a visitor through his Manhattan office. Even for the billionaire chairman of credit-card issuer MBNA Corp., it's opulent. There's the fine art, the dark- wood paneling and, from the 50th floor, a view of almost every tree in Central Park. The furnishings that Lerner seems most eager to show off, however, are assorted objects that, in miniature, seem to illustrate his life.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.