Because everyone who gets an $11-million severance package hangs himself… after killing his family.
Dutch authorities are investigating the deaths of former ABN Amro Netherlands’ Chief Executive Officer Jan Peter Schmittmann, his wife and a daughter, whose bodies were discovered two days ago in their home after a possible murder-suicide.
“We are awaiting the outcome of an investigation of the bodies and on the basis of that information and other information we have gathered, we hope to be able to shed light on what has happened” within the next few days, Leonie Bosselaar, a police spokeswoman, said by telephone today.
Schmittmann, 57, and his wife and daughter were found at their home in the Dutch town of Laren, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, on April 5 after the police received a call from an acquaintance who said something might be wrong at the property. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf identified the dead women as Nelly, 57, Schmittmann’s wife, and their daughter Babette, 22.
The police have reason to assume they died in a “family tragedy,” a situation in which one family member takes his life after killing others, Bosselaar said.
The former banker’s death comes after several unexpected deaths by finance workers around the world have raised concerns of mental health and stress levels in the industry.
Another in the growing list of high-profile finance deaths—I purposely do not say “suicides.”