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    Capital One Financial Corp.
    list rank
    From the April 28, 1997, Washington Post

    '96 (in $ 000s) '95 (in $ 000s)
    Assets 6,467,445 4,759,321
    Net Income 155,267 126,511
    Rank Last Year: 9

    Capital One Financial, with 8.6 million customers, is among the nation's largest issuers of Visa and MasterCard credit cards. Its principal subsidiary is Capital One Bank. The company, once part of Signet Banking Corp., was spun off in 1995.

    Business Resume:
    • Contact Info --
      2980 Fairview Park Dr.
      Falls Church, Va. 22042
    • Main Business --
      Consumer lending
    • Founded --
    • Chairperson --
      Richard D. Fairbank (CEO)
    • President --
      Nigel W. Morris
    • Employees --
    • D.C.-Area Employees --
    Capital One reported strong growth over the past year, adding 2.5 million cardholders and 2,100 employees. It opened a new operations center in Texas and has begun test-marketing credit cards in Britain as a first step toward international expansion.

    Capital One makes extensive use of computer technology, both to service its accounts and to choose customers. Like other card issuers, it has come under pressure from slowing growth and higher defaults in the credit card market. Nonetheless, the company's earnings and return on equity grew by more than 20 percent in 1996.

    Copyright 1997 The Washington Post

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