Well, well, well..
When a young Jamie Dimon started his banking career in the early 1980s — after Sandy Weill wooed him to join American Express to have “more fun”— he was fond of bumming cigarettes from his colleagues.
Now 58, the chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase is facing an unspecified but “curable” kind of throat cancer, and eight weeks of radiation treatment and chemotherapy.
Mary Erdoes, the CEO of the bank’s asset management group; Matt Zames, the bank’s chief operating officer; Gordon Smith, head of consumer banking; and Daniel Pinto, who runs the investment bank, are seen as the most likely successors, insiders told The Post.
Dimon never bought a pack of smokes in his life, according to a person directly familiar with his thinking.
And since the early ’80s, Dimon has traded his cigs and nicotine for aerobics, regular jogs and 5:30 a.m. visits to the gym.
Dimon, in a letter to investors and shareholders on Tuesday evening, revealed he’s been diagnosed with a curable throat cancer that hasn’t spread past a nearby lymph node.
The bank boss said he doesn’t expect to skip work while getting treatment through the rest of the summer.
Smoking, drinking hard alcohol and human papillomavirus are the main causes of most types of throat cancer, said Dr. Ping Gu, an oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center.