The former MetLife chief was brought in last year to do the impossible: return AIG to viability and repay $130 billion in government bailout money. For now, it appears Benmosche will do both. In September, he announced plans to repay the government by the end of next year, and after unloading an assortment of insurance properties, AIG's stock is beginning to show signs of life. His immediate concern: fighting cancer -- he won't disclose the type -- which he was diagnosed with in October.
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