Sixty-three year old Hopper was found hanging in the garage of his home on Horseshoe Road in Greenwich on May 14, 2012.
Reports say Hopper left a suicide note for his second wife, Kathryn, on the couch and a stack of financial papers on their kitchen table before killing himself in the garage of his million-dollar-home in Cos Cob.
Hopper, a former hedge fund advisory executive at Lehman, had lived the high life until his downfall from the company in 2007, a year before the firm filed for bankruptcy.
During the good times Hopper a dozen or expensive watches including a Rolex Daytona, Patek Philippe and Girard Perregaux, as well as a 2007 Porsche Cabriolet 4s. He also financed Kathryn’s studies at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University and paid for $15,000 worth of cameras when she got into photography, as well as sculling lessons and a membership at the Greenwich Water Club
During an interview with the New York Post newspaper, 47-year-old Kathryn said her husband struggled to find work but he eventually landed a job at Citigroup but was laid off in the 2008 financial crash.
She said shortly thereafter she and her husband separated but were reunited in 2010.
Unable to find work, in February 2010, the Hopper’s put their 3,200 square-foot home, which they purchased in 2002 for $1.28million, on the market for $1.795million.
In May of 2010 they took the house off the market and rented out a room to a tenant, who turned out to be David Weil, a local man who was accused of raping a 15-year-old model in New York City in 1996. However, the rent was not enough to pay the mortgage, which was under water, because the couple had refinanced their home during the good times and they now owed the bank $1.9million.
Hopper eventually landed a job at Appomattox Advisory, which customizes hedge-fund portfolios, in August 2010 making $150,000, a far cry from the millions he earned at Lehman.
His new salary and the rent was still not enough to cover the couple’s large bills so Hopper continued to look for a better paying job and he eventually landed a job that would cover his bill with the financial company Nuveen Investments. However, just before he was scheduled to start that job something happened and Hopper was once again unemployed.
Kathryn Hopper, who said she and her husband met on a blind date in Chicago while he was still married to his first wife, said her husband of 19 years struggled to keep up with the younger executives.
Ironically, Hopper left a multi-million life insurance but since the official autopsy report says his death was suicide, it is likely that Kathryn will not be able to get any of the money.