City National Bank (California)

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City National Bank
Headquarters 525 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California 90071
Key people Alfred S. Hart(co-founder)
Benjamin N. Maltz (co-founder)
Russell Goldsmith (Chairman and CEO)
Bram Goldsmith (Chairman Emeritus)
Total assets $28.6 billion
Owners City National Corporation

City National Bank (CNB) is an American financial institution headquartered in the City National Plaza in Los Angeles, California, owned by City National Corporation (NYSECYN).


The bank has total assets of $28.6 billion (as of December 31, 2012). It offers a full complement of banking, trust and investment services through 78 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. After the closure or merger of many Los Angeles banks, it has become the largest bank headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It also acts as a processing bank, providing back office services such as checking account processing and check clearance services for smaller local banks that do not do their own processing.

It has an established relationship with many entertainment industry clients, and deals with many exclusive and premier clients from various media, including television, film, theater and the arts. Because of this, media reports have claimed that the bank is nicknamed "bank to the stars".[1]

It is a national bank, regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States Department of the Treasury. City National Bank should not be confused with the former Cleveland-based National City Bank, or First National City Bank, the former name of Citibank.


The bank was founded in 1954 by a small group of Beverly Hills entrepreneurs. Its offices were in Beverly Hills at 400 North Roxbury Drive.[2] In 1970 its stock began trading over the counter.[2]

In 1963, when Frank Sinatra's son was kidnapped, the bank put up the $240,000 demanded as ransom money.

In 2000, the bank expanded into Northern California in with the purchase of The Pacific Bank, followed by the acquisition of the Oakland-based Civic BanCorp in 2002. In that same year, City National opened an office in New York City to serve its California-based clientele who do business on both coasts, as well as prospective clients in Manhattan. At about that time, the bank was ranked among America's top companies by sales, profits, assets and market value in Forbes magazine's "Super 500" list (2002 and 2003). It was also recognized by Barron's as one of America's top wealth managers for five years in a row from 2001 to 2005.

In mid-2011, the bank opened a branch in Nashville, Tennessee to maintain "position as the premier bank to America’s entertainment industry.”[1]


  • First Los Angeles Bank (1995)
  • Ventura County National Bank (1997)
  • Frontier Bank (1997)
  • Riverside National Bank (1997)
  • Harbor Bank (1998)
  • North American Trust Company (1998)
  • American Pacific State Bank (1999)
  • The Pacific Bank (2000)
  • Reed, Conner & Birdwell (2001)
  • People's Bank of California (2001)
  • Civic BanCorp (2001)
  • Convergent Capital Management, LLC (2003)
  • Business Bank of Nevada (2006)
  • Convergent Wealth Advisors (2007)
  • Lee Munder Capital Group (2009)
  • Imperial Capital Bank (2009)
  • 1st Pacific Bank (2010)
  • Sun West Bank (2010)
  • Rochdale Investment Management (2012)
  • First American Equipment Finance (2012)



  1. ^ a b Reckard, E. Scott (June 9, 2011). "City National Bank goes a little bit country". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "History" on the City National Bank website

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