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Other CEOs Who Were Mysteriously Found Dead

Other CEOs Who Were Mysteriously Found Dead

The average consumer thinks that CEOs have the perfect, multi-billion-dollar life.

Not all CEOs are happy, however. Not all of them are super-rich.

But they are vulnerable to the same dangers that impact the rest of mankind.

This week, Autumn Radtke, CEO of Bitcoin exchange First Meta, was found dead near her home in Singapore.

Radtke was not the only chief executive whose life came to an unexpected end. Click through the slideshow to read more about her and other tragic stories throughout the corporate world.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

  • Corwin Hardham

    Corwin Hardham

    Before Makani Power was acquired by Google, co-founder Corwin Hardham led the firm as chief executive.

    His leadership came to an end when he died unexpectedly in October 2012.

    According to SFGate, Hardham died in the company's office in Alameda.

    The 38-year-old executive reportedly died of cardiac insufficiency.

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  • John Delaney

    John Delaney

    Intrade founder and CEO John Delaney died in 2011 while trying to climb Mount Everest.

    According to the New York Times, Delaney was within 50 yards of Mount Everest's summit when he became ill and passed away.

    Intrade was shut down two years later. The Financial Times reported that there were "concerns" about the $2.6 million "insufficiently documented payments" that Delaney received between 2010 and 2011.

    Now Intrade's current CEO, Ron Bernstein, is trying to re-start the company with Intrade 2.0.

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  • Steve Singer

    Steve Singer

    Steve Singer, CEO of Fusion Contact Centers, was killed when a gunman opened fire at his office in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    According to The Independent, the gunman entered the office complex in January 2013.

    He shot and killed Singer and his attorney, Mark Hummels.

    One other person was wounded in the attack.

    USA Today later reported that the suspect, Arthur D. Harmon, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Before the shooting, Harmon was involved in a contract dispute with Singer and Hummels, the attorney working on the case.

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  • Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet

    Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet

    Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, former CEO of Credit Lyonnais Securities USA, was found dead after he reportedly slashed his own wrists.

    At the time, de la Villehuchet was in charge of his own firm, Access International Advisors. He reportedly lost $1.4 billion of his and his clients' money after investing in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

    Pictured: Bernie Madoff

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  • Michel Davies and Derald Johnston

    Michel Davies and Derald Johnston

    Michel Davies and Derald Johnston, the respective CEO and CFO of Southridge Minerals, were reportedly found dead in early 2013.

    Why are their deaths "reported" and not "confirmed"?

    There is evidence that suggests the two men may have faked their own deaths to elude investors.

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  • Carsten Schloter

    Carsten Schloter

    Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter was found dead in an apparent suicide last summer.

    The executive reportedly left a note explaining that he was depressed about his failed marriage and living separately from his children.

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  • John Glasgow

    John Glasgow

    Authorities still don't know exactly what happened to John Glasgow.

    Glasgow was not a CEO, but he served as the Chief Financial Officer of CDI Contractors. He disappeared in early 2008 after leaving his home one morning.

    In 2013, Arkansas Business chronicled some of the developments that occurred over the previous five years.

    Convicted felon Jonathan Brawner claimed that he was recruited to help bury Glasgow's body. He detailed the supposed location of the body, but no remains were found.

    Glasgow's wife, Melinda Glasgow, told Arkansas Business that she thinks there was some truth to Brawner's claims but didn't know how much of it she could believe.

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  • Pierre Wauthier

    Pierre Wauthier

    Pierre Wauthier was found dead at his home in August 2013.

    Like John Glasgow, Wauthier was not a CEO. But he served as the CFO of Zurich Insurance Group.

    In a suicide note, Wauthier reportedly blamed Zurich Insurance chairman Josef Ackermann (who resigned after Wauthier's suicide) for putting him under pressure.

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  • Autumn Radtke

    Autumn Radtke

    Autumn Radtke, CEO of Bitcoin exchange First Meta, was found dead near the apartment tower where she lives in Singapore.

    According to the Associated Press, Radtke's death has been classified as "unnatural," which means that it could be an accident, a misadventure or suicide.

    Police did not indicate that there was any suspicion of foul play.

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