Jamaican-Canadian billionaire Michael Lee-Chin on Wednesday sought to allay fears about his health following the announcement that he is taking a leave of absence from the boards of the NCB Financial Group (NCBFG).
In a press release, NCBFG said the leave of absence is to allow Lee-Chin “to focus on certain pressing business and personal matters” and it is anticipated that it will last approximately three months.
Speaking with OBSERVER ONLINE, Lee-Chin, who appeared to be in good spirits, said there had been an outpouring of concerns that he may be sick because of the reference to “personal” matters in the release.
“Let me just make it patently clear. I went to the gym this morning and I was leg pressing 300 pounds; I did one-and-a-half hour of working out, so my health is fine, I am great,” Lee-Chin said, laughing.
In explaining what he said were the reasons for his absence, Lee-Chin cited his oncology and nuclear projects, noting that they were at a critical stage where they need special focus. He also noted that a COO resigned at one of his companies in Canada, and he was assuming the responsibility until he finds a replacement.
“Those are the main reasons. NCB is in fantastic hands. It has been well managed throughout the last 20 years and I thought I don’t need to be there for the next three months,” Lee-Chin said.
Watch the full interview below.