JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and His Brush With Death: ‘You Don’t Have Time for an Ambulance’

Sunday - 27/12/2020 07:29
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chief executive, suffered a near-fatal heart injury in March, just as the U.S. economy was about to melt down.
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chief executive, suffered a near-fatal heart injury in March, just as the U.S. economy was about to melt down.
The CEO’s dangerous rip in his aorta came as the pandemic began to ravage the economy. The two emergencies would test the foundations of America’s largest bank.

Fear jolted Jamie Dimon awake in the dark morning hours of March 5. 

U.S. coronavirus cases numbered only around a hundred, but markets were flashing warning signs. It was 4 a.m., and the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive dialed up his top lieutenants to deliver a message that couldn’t wait: The economy is in trouble. 

Mr. Dimon hung up the phone and lay down on the couch to read the morning papers. He felt a rip in his chest. He sat up with a gasp and called his doctor. “Jamie, take a cab,” the doctor told him. “You don’t have time for an ambulance.”

Hours later, Mr. Dimon was clinging to life, surgeons perched above his chest repairing a gash in the artery that delivers blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

“I knew I might not make it,” Mr. Dimon told The Wall Street Journal in his first interview about the aortic tear. The CEO’s near-death experience came as the U.S. economy was hurtling toward its own crisis. The twin emergencies would test JPMorgan’s foundations even more severely than the 2008 financial crisis. 


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