John Stumpf, who stepped down Wednesday as chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo & Co., was the pride of small-town Minnesota as his banking career led him to the pinnacle of what was the nation's most valuable bank.

Then, about a month ago, it all began crashing down around him.

Even as he held the reins of Wells Fargo -- Colorado's largest bank -- and its ubiquitous stagecoach, Stumpf maintained his folksy charm, telling analysts he dreamed of checking accounts and checked the bank's deposit ledger every morning.

Over the years, he skipped the opportunity to hang out with the world's elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Stumpf himself has said that he feels more at home in Wall, S.D., than on Wall Street.

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