Banking

What they're saying

“Bob got where he is today, totally through hard work and talent. There was no grooming. There was no prep school. He started from ground zero.”

CHARLES STEEL

Older brother

“It's rare to meet someone who's so strong in intelligence and so low-ego. He never makes a situation be about him. It's all about how he can contribute to solving a problem.”

RICHARD BRODHEAD

Duke President

“He's very good at bringing people together, listening to all sides, developing consensus and moving forward. When you're in this type of situation that Wachovia finds itself, that's what you want.”

ED YINGLING

President of the American Bankers Association, the trade and lobbying group representing nearly all banks.

“You just have the feeling that the person at the helm knows what he's doing. There's that air of confidence and competence that surrounds Bob.”

REV. CHARLES M. SMITH

A Duke trustee who recently retired from The N.C. Conference of The United Methodist Church. He noted that Steel's late father was a City Council member during a crucial time for civil rights in Durham.

“You will be working on an assignment and he is working just as hard as you are on the same assignment, and then you realize he is also working on four other things. Then you find out he is equally effective in those areas, too. It's pretty amazing.”

SARA SUN BEALE

A Duke University law professor who worked with him on the 2003 search for a new president.

“They said, ‘Dad, go for it. You always tell us to go outside the box.'”

GILLIAN STEEL

His wife said their daughters encouraged Steel as he was considering the job at Treasury.

“The better you know him, the better you will like him. … The people of Charlotte are lucky to have him."

HENRY PAULSON

U.S. Treasury secretary

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