Google Co-Founder, Other Billionaires Are Issued Subpoenas in Lawsuit Over JPMorgan’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

Google Co-Founder, Other Billionaires Are Issued Subpoenas in Lawsuit Over JPMorgan’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

The U.S. Virgin Islands issued subpoenas this week to

Sergey Brin,

Thomas Pritzker,

Mortimer Zuckerman


Michael Ovitz

to gather information for its civil lawsuit against


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Chase & Co. over the bank’s relationship with

Jeffrey Epstein,

according to people familiar with the matter.

The subpoenas from the U.S. territory’s attorney general seek any communications and documents related to the bank and Epstein, the people said. 

The four men are some of the wealthiest people in the U.S., and it couldn’t be determined why they were being asked for the communications and documents. In civil cases, lawyers can use subpoenas during the discovery process to get information from people who aren’t a party to a lawsuit but could provide evidence related to the case.

The U.S. Virgin Islands sued JPMorgan late last year in a Manhattan federal court, saying the bank facilitated Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking and abuse by allowing the late financier to remain a client and helping him send money to his victims. The civil lawsuit alleges that JPMorgan received referrals of high-value business opportunities from Epstein and turned a blind eye to his activities. The bank has said it didn’t know about Epstein’s alleged crimes and can’t be held liable.

Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s Executive Chairman Thomas Pritzker and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.


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Mr. Brin is a co-founder of Google and a board member of parent

Alphabet Inc.

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Mr. Pritzker is executive chairman of

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Mr. Zuckerman is a real-estate billionaire and owner of U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Ovitz is a venture capitalist and former talent agent for Hollywood stars.

The four men couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for U.S. News & World Report declined to comment. Spokespeople for Google and Hyatt didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Michael Ovitz, venture capitalist and former Hollywood agent, and Mort Zuckerman, real-estate investor.


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Jamie Dimon,

JPMorgan’s chairman and chief executive, is expected to be questioned as part of the case after the two sides reached an agreement for him to be deposed, the Journal reported earlier this week. 

Epstein, who had a residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands, banked with JPMorgan for a number of years until it cut ties with the convicted sex offender in 2013. Epstein died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

Lawyers have questioned several JPMorgan employees so far in this case and another filed by an unnamed woman who accused Epstein of sexual abuse. The cases are running together in Manhattan federal court.

JPMorgan has sought to have the lawsuits dismissed. The bank has denied that it aided Epstein and has sought to blame any relationship on former executive

Jes Staley,

whom the bank has sued. Mr. Staley has maintained he was friendly with Epstein but never knew about his alleged crimes.

David Benoit contributed to this article.

Write to Khadeeja Safdar at

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Appeared in the April 1, 2023, print edition as ‘U.S. Billionaires Issued Subpoena In Epstein Case.’

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