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He engineers sale of Union Bank of Switzerland to Swiss Bank.SEPT. 1999
He breaks up conglomerate Alusuisse-Lonza and sells Alusuisse to Alcan.DEC. 2000
Declares he has built a 10% stake in Investor, the Wallenberg holding company, and demands it improve its performance.MAY 2001
Makes $2 billion for his firm by selling its 20% stake in pharmaceutical company Roche to arch-rival Novartis.JAN. 2002
Builds up 20% stake in insurer Baloise.NOV. 2001
Forces out ABB Chairman Percy Barnevik as part of a drive to restore the engineering giant's flagging performance.