French-Israeli banker with ties to disgraced former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn dies in apparent suicide

Thierry Leyne, a banker who held dual French and Israeli citizenship, reportedly leapt to his death from his 23rd-floor luxury apartment in central Tel Aviv. He was 48 years old.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 24, 2014 17:15
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of International Monetary Fund, leaves a New York courthouse. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A top business associate of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn committed suicide in Tel Aviv on Thursday, according to numerous reports.

Thierry Leyne, a banker who held dual French and Israeli citizenship, reportedly leapt to his death from his 23rd-floor luxury apartment in central Tel Aviv. He was 48 years old.

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According to The New York Times, Leyne and Strauss-Kahn formed an investment banking firm, LSK and Partners, last year.


Strauss-Kahn began work last year as economic adviser to the Serbian government, his latest incarnation since a sex scandal cost him his job and ruined his French presidential ambitions.

Strauss-Kahn who has been initially engaged for three months and will take no salary, told a news conference that he and his team had "no magic wand or silver bullet" for the shaky economy of the European Union candidate.

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