"We will end up with a bank, there is no doubt about that."
-- Wilbur Ross, Chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Co. to cnnMoney.com. A major player in private equity, Ross said that although the government rescue of the banking system had delayed his company's purchase of a bank, it was inevitable. Last year the supersmart investor bought H&R Block's (HRB) subprime mortgage servicing unit, and also acquired bond insurer Assured Guaranty (AGO). He's lost a bundle on the latter. Fellow private equity firm TPG fared even worse with its investment in Washington Mutual before it failed and was sold to JPMorgan Chase (JPM) last September. -- Jessica Shambora
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