JPMorgan banker jumps to his death
Third JPMorgan employee, fifth banker in three weeks to die.
A prominent investment banker for JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) jumped to his death from the roof of Chater House in downtown Hong Kong, the headquarters of JPMorgan’s Asian operations.
Witnesses told the South China Morning Post that said the banker, Li Junjie went to the roof of the 30-story Chater House in the city’s central business district and jumped.
The incident happened between 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday in Hong Kong, or between midnight and 1 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Witnesses and emergency personnel saw the man leap to his death, the South China Morning Post reports.
Calls to JPMorgan’s North American headquarters were not returned.
Finally, via Financial Post, here is a chronological summary of all recent banker deaths:
Sunday, Jan. 26: London police found William Broeksmit, a 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, dead in his home after an apparent suicide.
Monday, Jan. 27: Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym died after falling from a hotel room in Bangkok in what police said could be possible suicide. Slym, 51, had attended a board meeting of Tata Motors’ Thailand unit in the Thai capital and was staying with his wife in a room on the 22nd floor of the Shangri-La hotel. Hotel staff found his body on Sunday on the fourth floor, which juts out above lower floors.
Tuesday, Jan. 28: a 39-year-old JPMorgan employee died after falling from the roof of the European headquarters of JPMorgan in London. The man, Gabriel Magee, was a vice president in the investment bank’s technology department, a source told WSJ.
Wednesday, January 29: Russell Investments’ Chief Economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide. Police said it appears Dueker took his own life by jumping from a ramp near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Wash., AP reported. According to Bloomberg, Dueker, 50, had been missing since Jan. 29, and friends and law enforcement had been searching for him.
The week before, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG died. The cause of death has not been made public.
Monday, February 3: 37-year-old JPMorgan Chase & Co executive director who died from unknown causes Feb. 3 appears to be the latest in a series of untimely deaths among finance workers and business leaders around the world in the past three weeks. Ryan Crane, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee who in a 14-year career at the New York-based bank rose to executive director of a unit that trades blocks of stocks for clients, died in his Stamford, Connecticut, home.
Tuesday, February 18: 33-year old JPMorgan forex trader is the latest in a string of suicides to take his life in Hong Kong.