Wells Fargo & Company Authorizes Buyback of 50 Million Common Shares



    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ -- Wells Fargo & Company's (NYSE:   WFC) Board
of Directors today authorized the Company to acquire, from time to time, an
additional 50 million shares of the Company's common stock. The Company may
use shares acquired under this authorization to issue common stock for benefit
plans, conversion of convertible securities, other corporate purposes, and to
cover a similar amount of shares to be issued to complete Wells Fargo's
acquisition of Greater Bay Bancorp, expected by the end of this year.  Wells
Fargo and Greater Bay signed a definitive agreement May 4th for Wells Fargo to
acquire Greater Bay, based in East Palo Alto, Calif., in a stock-for-stock
merger.  Wells Fargo has approximately 3.4 billion shares outstanding.
    Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with
$540 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage
and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet
(wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank,
N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to
have the highest credit rating from both Moody's Investors Service, "Aaa," and
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, "AAA."




For further information:

For further information: Media, Heather Schow, +1-415-222-1940, or 
Investors, Bob Strickland, +1-415-396-0523, both of Wells Fargo & Company Web
Site: http://www.wellsfargo.com

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