(LibertySons.org) – The chairman of the Aspen Institute, James Crown, 70, died in a single-car accident on a racetrack in Aspen, Colorado, on Sunday, June 25, after his vehicle hit an impact barrier. A personal friend, mentor, and advisor to former President Barack Obama and an important ally to the Biden administration, the Pitkin County Coroner’s office is still investigating the Chicago billionaire’s death, which occurred on the last day of the annual Aspen Institute Festival.
President Joe Biden released a statement on Monday eulogizing Crown and his achievements. He described Crown as “thoughtful, warm,[…] a good man, a dear friend, and a great American.” Biden expressed his admiration for Crown’s generosity and dedication to improving his hometown of Chicago and his ability to rally other business leaders to support community changes, mentioning his new initiative to curb gun violence.
Biden called the deceased billionaire “a dear friend” in an official White House statement. https://t.co/LY2gwghLu8
— The Western Journal (@WestJournalism) June 27, 2023
The president and First Lady Jill Biden had recently seen Crown and his wife, Paula, at a state dinner for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Biden ended his statement with condolences to Crown’s wife, his parents, who outlived him, his children, grandchildren, and siblings.
On Monday, former President Obama also issued a statement saying he and his wife, Michelle, were “also very lucky” to have called Crown “a dear friend.” Crown encouraged and supported Obama in his run for Senate and became an invaluable mentor, friend, and advisor.
Jim Crown was a pillar of Chicago who cared deeply about making our city a place where everybody can thrive. Michelle and I were also very lucky to call him a dear friend. We're heartbroken today, and we send our love to Paula and their wonderful family in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/IWLLd1IYtF
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2023
Crown also helped hire Jamie Dimon as CEO of BankOne, which later merged with JPMorgan, according to The Wall Street Journal. The billionaire sat on JPMorgan’s board and held the company’s largest share of stock, while Dimon became the company’s CEO. Dimon relayed his shock to the board on Monday, telling them how much he, his fellow board members, and the company would “deeply” miss Crown because he was such “an integral part” of the company and so many people’s lives.
Crown leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Paula Crown, his parents, Renee and Lester Crown, four children, and two grandchildren.
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