Bank of Amerillwide chief Ken Lewis told the LA Times last night that he wants to start giving the government its $45 billion after the completion of the firm's stress test, which he expects to pass, though no promises, on either front. Lewis said it's possible BAC will pay it all back "as early as the fourth quarter of this year," and also defended the Countrywide and Merrill Lynch acquisitions as "strategically sound in the long run."
Ken Lewis Is A Movie Producer Now*
If it feels like it's been forever since we've heard from Ken Lewis it's because it has. Following his retirement in 2009, the former Bank of America CEO went underground to do some soul-searching. To figure out what made Kenneth D. Lewis tick. Did he want to want to be a CEO of another company? Did he want to get involved in another industry entirely? Did he want to grow a beard again? Did he want to be a shepherd? These are the questions that needed answers and today, finally, we've got some. No word on the beard but it appears that for now, Lewis is staying away from Wall Street and pursuing another passion: the movie business.