Fahim Saleh: Pathao and Gokada entrepreneur found dead in New York
A major technology entrepreneur from international ride-ride companies was found dead in New York.
Fahim Saleh’s body was found dismembered in an apartment on Monday afternoon, the US media said.
The entrepreneur was famous for his role in creating popular startups in Nigeria and Bangladesh.
Police did not publicly comment on the case or any identity, but Gokada, one of the companies co-founded by Saleh, tweeted to confirm his death.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh,” said the company Wednesday.
According to US media reports, CCTV footage from the building where Saleh lived showed him entering an elevator with a man wearing a mask on Monday.
His body was reportedly discovered to be decapitated and dismembered, with an electric saw placed nearby.
An anonymous law enforcement source told the New York Post that the crime scene looked like “professional” murder.
Who was Fahim Saleh?
The 33-year-old son of Bangladeshi immigrants created his first company while still in high school.
He went on to found the Pathao travel company, which is popular in Bangladesh and Nepal, in 2015.
More recently, it helped find the Nigerian taxi app Gokada, but the company faced a setback after Lagos authorities banned motorcycle taxis earlier this year.
Both companies paid tribute to the entrepreneur.
Gokada described Saleh as “a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us” in his tweet.
Hussein M Elius, who co-founded Pathao with Saleh, told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: “Fahim believed in the potential of technology to transform life in Bangladesh and beyond.
“He saw the promise in us when all we had was a common purpose and a shared vision. It was, and will forever remain, an incredible inspiration for Pathao and our entire ecosystem.”