JPMorgan banker jumps from Hong Kong headquarters
A 33-year-old man jumped to his death from the skyscraper roof of U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co’s Asia headquarters on Tuesday, police said.
JP Morgan has confirmed that the man who jumped was an employee at the firm with the last name Li. He was a junior investment banker.
Li was certified dead in hospital after the fall at around 2 p.m., a police spokeswoman told Reuters. Police did not yet know the circumstances surrounding his death.
Horrified finance workers in neighbouring offices circulated pictures via social media of him standing above the company logo emblazoned on top of the Chater House building in central Hong Kong.
One Instagram user, kurtlinsfat, posted the following image, which he said was taken by a colleague on Tuesday:
“A sad and tragic incident occurred in Chater House, Hong Kong, today, which is currently being investigated by the police. Out of respect for those involved, we cannot yet comment further,” JPMorgan Chase & Co said in a statement.
Witnesses say that police tried to stop Li from jumping from the 30 story building, 10 floors of which are used by JP Morgan, around 2:00 or 3:00 pm, but to no avail.
The Chinese-language newspaper, Apple Daily, carried a photograph of Li lying in a pool of blood on the busy road, next to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Compiled from Reuters, Bloomberg and Business Insider files
A 33-year-old man plunged to his death Tuesday from the roof of a 30-storey
building in Hong Kong’s financial district that houses the Asia headquarters of
banking giant JP Morgan.
“At around 2pm… a man fell from the rooftop of the building. Police arrived and saw him unconscious. He was sent to the hospital where he was certified dead,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.
Several policemen had scrambled on to the roof of Chater House in the skyscraper-packed district in a bid to convince the man, surnamed Li, not to jump but failed, the South China Morning Post reported.
The Apple Daily posted pictures on its website of the man in a dark-coloured outfit, apparently standing at the edge of the roof.
The SCMP identified the man as a forex trader with JP Morgan but a company spokeswoman refused to confirm whether he was an employee.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident in Chater House and the case is being investigated by the police. Our sympathies are with the family of the deceased person,” she told AFP.
Several banking giants have set up their headquarters in the southern Chinese city of seven million which promotes itself as the business gateway to the world’s second-largest economy.
Li,A 33-year-old man jumped to his death from the skyscraper roof of U.S.
investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co’s Asia headquarters on Tuesday, police said.