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Rene Rivkin
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Financier
    (June 6, 1944-May 1, 2005)
    Millionaire stockbroker fell from grace after being convicted of insider trading (2003)
    Committed suicide at age 61
    He smoked cigars.
    He was portly.
    He was a self-described atheist.
    He was questioned concerning the death of model Caroline Byrne, his executive assistant's girlfriend, who allegedly committed suicide in Sydney (1995).
    It was suggested she was killed to cover up her knowledge of corrupt business practices and a homosexual affair between him and his assistant.
    He purchased a large number of Qantas Airways shares after being tipped-off about a potential merger between the carrier and another airline (May 2003).
    He repeatedly put off serving time in prison by producing medical certificates stating various illnesses.
    He suffered from manic depression.
    He attempted suicide with an overdose of prescription medication (2004).
    His suicide surprised few, as he said shortly before taking his life 'I find it very convenient that all you do is fall asleep and never wake up again. There's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't hurt.'
    He was a Russian Jew born and raised in China until parents migrated to Australia when he was 7 (1951).
    He earned a law degree at Sydney University (1969).
    He was a self-made millionaire before he went crooked.
    He enjoyed exotic cars and luxury yachts.
    He had a large circle of friends and associates.
    After his conviction Australia's corporate regulator banned him for life from providing financial services.
    He underwent surgery for several benign brain tumors.
    He was estranged from his wife of 32 years and his 5 kids at the time of his death.

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