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Man who jumped off NYC balcony during was a French banker once rebuffed by Rod Stweart’s wife

The man who jumped 32 stories from a New York City balcony on Thursday was a French banker who was once shunned by Rod Stewart’s ex-wife, during a posh gathering for members of French socialites.

The man, identified as renowned financier Charles-Henry Kurzen, 43, was viewing the $2.9 million apartment on the 32nd floor of 100 United Nations Plaza in Midtown when a real estate agent said he “suddenly” jumped to his death approximately at 1:15 p.m.

Kurzen, a partner at Manhattan-based financial firm Saltbox Partners LLC, reportedly asked the broker if he could see the balcony before the somersault occurred..

Police said the man, who lived on Clinton Hill after moving to New York from Paris nearly two decades ago, allegedly landed on a third-floor patio, where he was pronounced dead.

It is not yet clear why the man decided to take his own life.

The man who jumped 32 stories from a New York City balcony on Thursday has been identified as French banker Charles-Henry Kurzen, 43, a prosperous financier who bankrolled billions in deals in the US and abroad. abroad.

The man who jumped 32 stories from a New York City balcony on Thursday has been identified as French banker Charles-Henry Kurzen, 43, a prosperous financier who bankrolled billions in deals in the US and abroad. abroad.

Police said the man, who lived on Clinton Hill after moving to New York from Paris nearly two decades ago, allegedly landed in a third-floor courtyard, where he was pronounced dead.  In the photo, police officers recovering his body from the outdoor area.

Police said the man, who lived on Clinton Hill after moving to New York from Paris nearly two decades ago, allegedly landed in a third-floor courtyard, where he was pronounced dead. In the photo, police officers recovering his body from the outdoor area.

The renowned financier was reportedly once snubbed by Rod Stewart's supermodel ex-wife, Rachel Hunter, during a gathering for French socialites in the early 2000s. Pictured, Hunter and Stewart in 2003 , at the time of the altercation, which was reported by the New Yorker.

The renowned financier was reportedly once snubbed by Rod Stewart’s supermodel ex-wife, Rachel Hunter, during a gathering for French socialites in the early 2000s. Pictured, Hunter and Stewart in 2003 , at the time of the altercation, which was reported by the New Yorker.

Kurzen, a renowned banker and graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris Business School, had a storied career in the French and New York financial industry, with a co-worker telling the New York Post that he was “a dear dude”.

He was named a partner at Saltbox Partners in 2011, after serving as vice president of the Manhattan office of French banker Crédit Agricole for several years before moving to the city in the early 2000s.

Previously, Kurzen was an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Lazard Freres & Co., a respected financial firm valued at nearly $300 billion, in Paris.

Moving to New York, the young banker, then in his early 20s, quickly found success and quickly found himself entrenched in the city’s upper class.

In 2004, a New Yorker article wrote about how the young banker frequented an exclusive set of weekly parties known as ‘French Tuesdays’: celerity-packed weekly events held at various nightclubs, hosted by French expats living in the city. .

At one such event, the article reveals, Kurzen made a pass at New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter, who was married to Rod Stewart at the time.

Hunter, pictured here in 2004, the same year as the reported altercation, turned down the man's invitation to join him and his friends at a 'French Tuesday' party.  Kurzen told the New Yorker at the time that even though she was nine years older than him at 34, she still longed for the 'mature woman.'

Hunter, pictured here in 2004, the same year as the reported altercation, turned down the man’s invitation to join him and his friends at a ‘French Tuesday’ party. Kurzen told the New Yorker at the time that even though she was nine years older than him at 34, she still longed for the ‘mature woman.’

Speaking to the magazine, Kurzen, then a brash 25-year-old banker, detailed how he tried to get in touch with Hunter, who was sitting in a VIP area at the club, but was ultimately rebuffed.

“I was determined to go up, because Rachel Hunter was there,” Kurzen told the outlet.

He went on to comment on how even though she was nine years older than him, he still longed for the ‘mature woman’.

“She is a woman born in 1969, she is thirty-four years old! But she is a beautiful, mature woman,” he said, adding “a woman of character, a woman of history, a woman who has lived.”

Kurzen said he tried to persuade Hunter to join his party downstairs, but she refused.

“Maybe because her party was a business meeting and she couldn’t leave,” he speculated about the snub. Maybe because she found me too young, maybe because she didn’t like the idea of ​​a French party.

He added: ‘Or maybe it was a matter of elegance. I dont know.’

Hunter and Stewart, then in their early 60s, would divorce in 2006.

The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath apartment property that Kurzen had been looking at before his death was listed for $2.9 million.

Kurzen was looking at the $2.9 million apartment in the luxury skyscraper (pictured) when he asked to see the balcony and jumped to his death.

Kurzen was looking at the $2.9 million apartment in the luxury skyscraper (pictured) when he asked to see the balcony and jumped to his death.

Public records show he owned property both on Clinton Hill, where police say he resided, and on the Lower East Side. Both are valued at around $1 million.

The listing for the apartment she had been looking at touted the 1,985-square-foot unit as an “expansive home,” mentioning its two private balconies.

It also touted the luxury residence’s floor-to-ceiling windows, solid brass accents, marble floors, and a separate formal dining room.

The main bedroom has a walk-in closet, a bathroom with a Jacuzzi and the entrance to a second private balcony.

The death recalls another suicide last year when a 22-year-old woman fell to her death from the 16th floor after a fight with her boyfriend on January 29, 2012.

Nearby: The United Nations (pictured) is directly south of the building where the man jumped.

Nearby: The United Nations (pictured) is directly south of the building where the man jumped.

Samantha Kwek, a student at Columbia University, apparently wanted to break up with her boyfriend the night she jumped.

She had sent boyfriend Benjamin Small several text messages before she died, according to the New York Post.

‘I really don’t know why [she jumped]. I was very, very sad, I guess… I’m mortified,” he told the newspaper.

He landed on East 48th Street in front of 100 United Nations Plaza, a 52-story building across the street from the Algerian Embassy.

A wallet lay a few feet from her body, which was covered in a white sheet as police investigated.

Miss Kwek had threatened suicide in several text messages, the New York Post reported.

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