EXCLUSIVE: The financial son of flamboyant businessman David Coe dies in London aged 39, a decade after his famous father was laid to rest in a funeral attended by Who’s Who of Australia
- Christopher Coe, 39, dies after falling in London
- Sydney private schoolboy turned London financier
- The death comes a decade after the flying father, David Coe, died in Aspen
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Sydney private school alumnus turned international financier Christopher Coe has died in London aged 39 after a tragic fall from a building.
Christopher is the eldest son of flamboyant Australian businessman David ‘Coey’ Coe, who died of a heart attack at age 58 during a ski trip to Colorado.
Like his famous father, whose funeral in Sydney in 2013 was attended by rock and film stars as well as Australia’s business, sporting and political elite, Chris Coe is remembered as charismatic and well-liked.
The Sydney Boys Grammar graduate had worked with private equity firms in Australia and the UK, earning degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Sydney and an MBA from Oxford University Business School.
He recently worked for Agilitas Private equity in London.
Full details of her death have yet to be released, but sources told Daily Mail Australia that she had fallen from a building.
Chris, the eldest of David Coe’s three sons, delivered a memorable eulogy at his father’s funeral a decade ago, describing him as his “mentor, coach, hero and best friend.”
More than 1,000 people packed into the Sydney Grammar school’s function room for the star-studded farewell, attended by stars including Hollywood actor Russell Crowe and cricketers Shane Warne, Michael Clarke and Steve Waugh.
International financier Christopher Coe (second from left) has died in London at the age of 39. He is the eldest son of high-flying and flamboyant Australian businessman David ‘Coey’ Coe (left).
David Coe (pictured left with his wife Michelle and other family members) died suddenly of a heart attack during a ski trip to Aspen in 2013.
Details of the death of Chris Coe (pictured) have not been released, but sources told Daily Mail Australia that he had fallen from a building.
Other mourners included former Wallaby stars Phil Kearns, John Eales, George Gregan and Simon Poidevin, former Prime Minister John Howard, INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly, Olympics boss John Coates and industry captains.
During the ceremony, Christopher Coe recalled that after lunch in London just four months earlier, his father hugged him and said: “This is the last time I’ll ever see you,” alluding to the fact that he was leaving London to return. to Sydney on business. .
“If I had known it was the last time I was going to see him, I would never have let him go,” she told mourners.
David Coe’s second son Robert said his father had fit ’10 lives in his 58 years’, while other family members, business partners and sports figures recounted stories of a generous man who was the life of the party and a brilliant businessman.
His largest company, Allco Finance Group, collapsed in 2008 with massive losses.
It was a failure from which David Coe did not resist, but from which he emerged supported by family friends and corporate colleagues.
Film star Russell Crowe was one of the notable guests at the 2013 funeral of David ‘Coey’ Coe, the charismatic father of Chris Coe, who died tragically in London.
Cricket legend Shane Warne was one of the sports and entertainment stars who attended David Coe’s funeral in 2013 at Sydney Grammar School.
He became Chairman of the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art and also served on the board of directors of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the National Gallery of Australia Foundation.
Close friend and business associate Greg Woolley said at the time that David Coe “had integrity and charm in bucket loads and people just wanted to do business with him.”
“He had incredible brainpower and incredible business ability,” Wooley said.
A memorial to honor the life of Christopher Coe will be held in Sydney in the coming weeks.
Daily Mail Australia has sought comment from the London Metropolitan Police.