JPMorgan CEO says he’s ‘optimistic for Greece’ as financial giant deepens investment

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The Chief Executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co, Jamie Dimon, has confirmed the institution is willing to expand its office in Greece, invest further in Viva Wallet and attract high-level staff in Greece.

Dimon, who is the son of first-generation Greek immigrants, met with Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on Thursday to discuss his future plans.

The meeting came just two days after the US financial giant announced it was acquiring approximately 49 percent of the Greek online bank Viva Wallet.

READ MORE: Microsoft plans $1 billion data center venture in Greece.

Haris Karonis and Makis Antypas. The co-founders of Viva Wallet.

“This may become a technology hub for JPMorgan Chase throughout the world,” Dimon said at the time.

Later, in an interview with Ekathimerini, Dimon added that he is optimistic about Greece as “it has a rational government that makes rational decisions” and he finds it amazing that Greece has its first start-up with a value of over $1 billion.

For his part, Mitsotakis noted that JPMorgan’s decision constitutes a vote of confidence in the country and its economy.

“What I can tell you is that the country has turned a page and that Greece in 2022 has very few similarities with Greece at the time of economic crisis…” Mitsotakis concluded.

“I think we have laid the foundations for long-term and sustainable growth and we want you to be part of this story, not just because of your Greek descent, but because you truly see the opportunities that exist in the country.”

READ MORE: Australian company, Macquarie, given minority stake in Greece’s national grid operator.

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