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Then Abess disappeared from the public eye. On a recent Wednesday, Abess agreed to meet at a small Florida airport just northwest of downtown Miami and, sporting a gray beard and unbuttoned collar, opened up about what he's done with his wealth. Abess also is the main investor in one of the last companies still producing pinball machines.Abess says he's found a niche, providing machines for collectors in a $50 million market.Abess' father co-founded a precursor to the bank in 1946 . The scandal left a cloud over the bank, even though its business wasn't hurt, Abess told the New York Times in 1983, speaking then as president of the firm's holding company. Abess bought Duque's stake, combined it with other stock, and worked to restore the firm's image, including merging with a healthier bank.Abess said in an email Saturday that he was always focused on turning around the bank and ensuring its financial well-being.
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