Betsy Duke was working in a Virginia Beach dinner theater in the mid-1970s, struggling to make ends meet, when she applied for a job at a dry cleaner. It turned her down. Instead, she became a part-time teller.
On Tuesday, Wells Fargo & Co. named her the first woman to oversee one of the nation's largest banks. She will become chair of the lender's board at the start of next year, capping one of the most epic climbs, by man or woman, into the financial industry's top echelons. Her career already included a stint as a Federal Reserve governor, starting on the brink of 2008's financial meltdown. This time, she will supervise a management team contending with scandal after scandal.
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