For a brief moment, a smile flits across Jamie Dimon's face. JP Morgan Chase's chief sits on a podium in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. It is the last day of the Institute of International Finance's (IIF) annual membership conference, but there is no sign of fatigue in the hall. The rush is enormous, the curiosity about the banker's appearance huge. There is positive tension in the air.
After all, the industry is waiting for its superstar here – and he has every reason to be in a good mood. A few days earlier, the largest bank in the United States once again presented excellent quarterly figures. Others would now cheer, celebrate their own success or at least praise their own team. But Dimon doesn't tick like that. "I hardly pay attention to quarterly results," he says.