Stumpf graduated in the bottom half of his high school class. Stumpf earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota and his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from the Carlson School of Management.
He is the current chairman and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo, one of the Big Four banks of the United States. He became chairman in January 2010. He was named Chief Executive Officer in June 2007, elected to Wells Fargo’s board of directors in June 2006, and has been president since August 2005.
He was raised as a Catholic.
His bad grades, combined with his limited family finances, resulted in Stumpf obtaining a job as a breadmaker in a Pierz bakery. After a year, Stumpf enrolled in Saint Cloud State University on a provisional basis.
He eventually obtained a job as a repossession agent at First Bank in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Stumpf joined Northwestern National Bank, the former Norwest Corporation and predecessor of Wells Fargo, in 1982 in the loan administration department and then became senior vice president and chief cr officer for Norwest Bank, North.A., Minneapolis.
He held a number of management positions at Norwest Bank Minneapolis and Norwest Bank Minnesota before assuming responsibility for Norwest Bank Arizona in 1989.
He was named regional president for Norwest Banks in Colorado/Arizona in 1991. From 1994 to 1998, he was regional president for Norwest Bank Texas. During his four years in that position, he led Norwest’s acquisition of 30 Texas banks with total assets of more than $13 billion.
In 1998, with the merger of Norwest Corporation and Wells Fargo & Company, he became head of the Southwestern Banking Group (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).
Two years later he became head of the new Western Banking Group (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). In 2000, he led the integration of Wells Fargo’s acquisition of the $23 billion First Security Corporation, based in Salt Lake City.
In May 2002, he was named Group Executive Vice President of Community Banking. In December 2008, he led one of the largest mergers in history with the purchase of Wachovia.
He also serves as Member of the California Business Roundtable. Mr. Stumpf served as director of National Association since June 27, 2006 and a Member of Litigation Committee at Visa Incorporated.