"This is the first CNBC interview I'm doing that my mother's not watching. And she would always call me or send me a note afterwards. And — you know, she — she was proud of me."
Jamie Dimon, the 60-year-old chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, has had a tough period in his personal life. Having overcome a battle with cancer last year, he thought the worst was behind him. But soon after his recovery, Dimon's close friend and colleague Jimmy Lee, the legendary investment banker, died suddenly. And then in June, he lost both his parents within hours of each other.
During that period, Dimon has led JPMorgan Chase through the Brexit referendum, Federal Reserve stress tests andquarterly earnings. His schedule took him to California this week for his annual bus tour to visit employees, clients and offices of JPMorgan, which is where CNBC sat down with him on Monday for an exclusive interview and asked him how he has managed to navigate the last few weeks at work given his recent loss. The answer centered on having a close family to rely on.
"I'm all right. My parents had been ill for awhile. So you have some time to get prepared. My family is very tight. And we were all there right to the end. And so it was as nice as it could possibly have been," Dimon said, adding, "I love my children, I spend a lot of time with them."
Over the 24 hours CNBC spent with Dimon, he did indeed appear fine, and he seemed to genuinely enjoy being on the road with his employees. "I love the job. I love the people of this company. I love what I do," he said. "And I'd miss the camaraderie. I'd miss the fighting for something. I'd miss me and our employees in all parts of the world."