Okay, you’re an incredibly wealthy, good-looking Dutch banker in your early 40’s, dating a famous European model and by all accounts, happy, healthy, always cheerful with a great reputation and family… what to do?
How about kill yourself?
Now I know the world of big-time finance must be stressful – what with all those numbers and all, but doesn’t partying around the globe with a model on your arm, being well-respected and liked by your colleagues, having tons of friends, lots of money and the world by the balls take the edge off just a tad?
You’d think so and I’m no conspiracy theorist – but a lot of folks think somebody or some group has been whacking bankers like it’s going out of style. And I must say, after reading the stats – it’s either the biggest coincidence in the world of suicide, or sumthin’s up. Some background:
36 bankers died in 2014. Big-time guys, too and they all had some things in common besides the benjamins: The lion’s share of them were young, healthy and died of unexplained suicides or in some other suspicious manner. And this year, there’s been more!
From ZERO HEDGE:
2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen – the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years.
His death “startled” friends and colleagues as the 42-year-old “had a great reputation” at work, came from an “illustrious family,” and “was always cheerful, good mood, and apparently he had everything your heart desired…” Chris was also a familiar sight in Amsterdam’s nightlife scene and enjoyed national fame as possible new boyfriend of Tatjana Simic (a famous Croatian-Dutch model, singer, actress).
So he had a dark secret that no one knew, right? And there’s that saying – who was it, Lee Trevino? – who said wherever there’s a beautiful, sexy woman – “just remember, somewhere there’s some guy who’s tired of putting up with her crap”… Add to that he had a young son who had just beaten cancer… I don’t know, but:
1) Michael Flanagan, 45, head of Foreign Exchange, National Australia Bank, London, England
2) Omar Meza, 33, Vice President, AIG, Los Angeles, America
3) Chris van Eeghen, 42, Head of Syndicate and Corporate Finance Markets, ABN / AMRO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I guess it could happen and it’s no big deal – except that these are just the latest guys to take themselves out. Last year was brutal for the banking industry and it got pretty weird: Take 52-year-old Belgian Geert Tack – a private banker for ING, for example: He managed portfolios for rich folk, was described as ‘impeccable’, ‘sporty’, ‘cared-for’, and ‘successful.’
He dissapeared without warning or cause and then after a month on December 3rd, 2014 – they found his body off the coast in Belguim with nothing but questions and riddles. The body showed no outward signs of violence, the man himself showed no signs of suicidal tendancies or trouble.
His car was fine. He left his laptop and cellphone at home… and his wife. Why? I dunno – maybe the same reason I always forget to bring a deposit slip? Maybe he was just sick of people saying “hey you got any free samples down there at work?.. he he hah!”
Here’s more – from BeforeItsNews:
In November, Citigroup managing director Shawn D. Miller was found dead in the bathtub of his New York City apartment, with his throat slashed. The banker was discovered by the building’s doorman after his boyfriend was unable to get a hold of him, the NYPD said.
There was no knife recovered at the scene, leading officials to suspect the death was not a suicide..
A week later, 54-year-old Melissa Millian, a senior vice president at MassMutual, was found lying in a road in Simsbury, Connecticut, having been stabbed in the chest.
Back on January 26, a 58-year-old former senior executive at German investment bank behemoth Deutsche Bank, William Broeksmit, was found dead after hanging himself at his London home, and with that, set off an unprecedented series of banker suicides throughout the year which included former Fed officials and numerous JPMorgan traders.
The hedge fund partner of infamous former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan, Thierry Leyne, a French-Israeli entrepreneur, was found dead after jumping off the 23rd floor of one of the Yoo towers, a prestigious residential complex in Tel Aviv.
Deutsche Bank’s associate general counsel, 41 year old Calogero “Charlie” Gambino, who was found on the morning of Oct. 20, having also hung himself by the neck from a stairway banister.
Another Deutsche Bank-er who was found dead earlier in the year, William Broeksmit also hung himself – and he worked in a nearly identical function as Gambino – to shield the bank from regulators and prosecutors and cover up its allegedly illegal activities with settlements and fines.
I could go on, but you’d probably rather just Google the people on this list below, wouldn’t you?
At least 36 banker deaths last year…
1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room
2) Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG
3) William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank
4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan
5) Li Junjie, 33, Hong Kong JP Morgan
6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee
7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments
8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles)
9) James Stuart Jr. 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz
10) Jason Alan Salais, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008
11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform
12) Eddie Reilly, 47, investment banker, Vertical Group, New York
13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, investment banker, Levy Capital, New york
14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase
15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, voormalig topbestuurder ANB/AMRO, Laren, Nederland
16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO Bank Frick & Co AG, Liechtenstein
17) Benoît Philippens, 37, directeur BNP Parisbas Fortis Bank, Ans, België.
18) Lydia…, 52, bankier Bred-Banque-Populaire, Parijs
19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, bankier, PNC Bank, New York
20) Carlos Six, 61, Hoofd Belastingdienst en lid CREDAF, België
21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, Commissaris en Fiscalist (voormalig Deloitte), Nederland.
22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, achterkleinzoon elitebankier John D. Rockefeller, Amerika
23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bankeigenaar, zakenman en derivatenhandelaar, Iran
24) Lewis Katz, 76, zakenman, advocaat en insider in de bancaire wereld, Amerika
25) Julian Knott, Directeur Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, Amerika
26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, Amerika
27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, Amerika
28) Nicholas Valtz, 39, Managing Director Goldman Sachs, New York, Amerika
29) Therese Brouwer, 50, Managing Director ING, Nederland
30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, Vice President M & T Bank, Amerika
31) Thierry Leyne, 48, investeringsbankier en eigenaar Anatevka S.A., Israël
32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director Deutsche Bank, Amerika
33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director Citigroup, New York, Amerika
34) Melissa Millian, 54, Senior Vice President Mass Mutual, Amerika
35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relatiemanager ABN/AMRO, Eindhoven, Nederland
36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING, Haaltert, België
So far, no evidence of foul play has emerged in any of these deaths. So either the plotters are spectacularly competent in fooling authorities, or there is nothing fishy at all about these deaths.
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