Jamie Dimon himself was present last night in Manhattan to celebrate author Duff McDonald’s book bearing his name, Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase.
The book party was held at the elegant Park Avenue apartment of Dan Sullivan, Canadian Consulate General. My husband and I (Carney and Melissa Hawks) and a number of mutual friends joined an impressive line up of guests including New York Times business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton, New York magazine editor Hugo Lindgren, former Portfolio editor Joanne Lipmann, New York Observer theater critic Jesse Oxfeld, Mediaite editor Rachel Sklar, Financial Times columnist John Gapper, Billboard magazine’s Rob Levine, ESPN’s Peter Keating, Michael Hogan of Vanity Fair, GQ’s Mark Healy, Fortune’s John Brodie, Vanity Fair’s Nina Munk, Duff’s literary agent David Kuhn, and Sam Trammell, the actor from True Blood. We enjoyed talking to Dan about his past life in investment banking and his current job as Consulate General. He made it very clear that Canada is very proud of Duff McDonald!
Jamie looked relaxed, upbeat and seemed very much to be enjoying the attention of everyone who had gathered to toast himself, Duff and the book’s assured success. Even Jamie’s own parents, Theodore and Themis Dimon, attended the party and looked as proud as parents could be, with all thoughts aside of the many successes their son had already so publicly achieved in his career and over the past year through the economic crises. The focus of the evening was very much the book. I saw them chatting with Duff’s mother, who had flown in from Canada. The presence of this powerful family triumverate (Theodore, Themis and Jamie) gave the book a very public blessing in its first week of sales.
Here are two quick photos I snapped of Dan introducing Duff and Duff giving some insight into the book and thanking Jamie Dimon and all those who helped the book come to fruition (better photos to come from the official photographer):
After the book party, we joined Duff and Caroline (his charming wife), Duff’s Editor (Colin Fox) and assorted friends and family for dinner at the Greek restuarant, Avra, which is Jamie’s favorite restaurant and the place where some crucial moments ocurred during the economic meltdown last Fall. After we wrapped up dinner, we received a delicious assortment of desserts, sent to us by Jamie’s parents to top off the evening.
This book is a must-read for everyone this holiday season and will make a great gift for anyone interested in Wall Street. If you are scratching your head, trying to think of a great gift for that hard-to-shop-for family member, send them this book. You won’t be sorry.
Speaking of Wall Street, living through one of the most challenging financial periods in decades and watching Jamie Dimon come out on top, my husband will be speaking at the University of Virginia’s Second Annual Value Investing Conference. This conference is free of charge and will be open to the public on October 22nd and 23rd. The Value Investing Conference will feature a Thursday evening keynote presentation by renowned short seller James Chanos of Kynikos Associates (whose timely short position in Enron was recognized by Barron’s as “the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years”), and a Friday morning Master Investors Panel moderated by John Griffin (McIntire ’85), Founder of Blue Ridge Capital. The panel will feature legendary investors Julian Robertson, Founder of Tiger Management; Paul Tudor Jones (A&S ’76), Founder of Tudor Investment Corporation; and Lee Ainslie (Engineering ’86), Founder of Maverick Capital Ltd.
The conference will also include an Alumni Value Investing Panel, featuring outstanding McIntire alumni Carney Hawks (McIntire ’96), a Founding Partner with Brigade Capital Management; Matthew Iorio (McIntire ’93), Managing Director at White Elm LLC; and Joel Ramin (McIntire ’00), an Analyst at Bridger Capital.
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