REVEALED: Billionaire financier Thomas H. Lee’s female assistant found him dead in his office bathroom with gunshot wound to his head and Smith & Wesson revolver next to him
- Billionaire financier Thomas H. Lee was discovered by his female assistant in his office
- He was found with a gunshot wound to the head and his Smith & Wesson revolver by his side
- Lee, a Harvard graduate, had a net worth of roughly $2 billion at the time of his death
Billionaire financier Thomas H. Lee was discovered by his female assistant in his office bathroom with a gunshot wound to his head and his Smith & Wesson revolver by his side.
Lee, 78, was found in an apparent suicide in his office at his Fifth Avenue headquarters in Manhattan shortly after 11am Thursday.
The Harvard graduate had a net worth of roughly $2 billion at the time of his death, according to Forbes.
According to the New York Post, sources revealed his assistant went looking for her boss because his associates hadn’t heard from him.
First responders found Lee lying on his side with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and he was pronounced dead at 11:26am when paramedics’ life saving efforts were unsuccessful.
Billionaire financier and investor Thomas H. Lee, 78, pictured here with his wife Ann Tenenbaum in 2019, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday
The NYPD responded to 767 Fifth Avenue — where Thomas H. Lee Capital, LLC is located on the sixth floor — around 11:10 a.m. and found Lee’s body, it was reported
The revolver found by his side was reportedly registered and licensed to him, and the license to the firearm was in the office at the time.
The financier struck gold in his career by acquiring midsized companies, restoring their worth, and then selling them for wild profits – and his technique and success at the time was described as the ‘envy of Wall Street.’
His leveraged-buyout deals were legendary in the 1990s – pioneering financial transactions which allowed his company, in some instances, to produce more than 30-fold gains in a matter of years.