Gao Jue did poorly on his job interviews at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., he messed up his work visa, accidentally sent a sexually explicit email to a human-resources employee and was described by a senior banker as “immature, irresponsible and unreliable,” according to internal bank emails and people familiar with the matter.
Yet the bank hired him, saved him during major job cuts and later was prepared to offer him another position if he had responded to their queries.
Mr. Gao is the son of China’s current commerce minister, who, when his son faced a layoff, said he was willing to “go extra miles” for the bank if it kept him on, according to a J.P. Morgan executive’s email account of a dinner with the father.
The bank’s decision to hire Mr. Gao was widely understood within J.P. Morgan to have been supported by William Daley, a senior executive…
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