WBEZ | J.B. Pritzker http://www.wbez.org/tags/jb-pritzker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Meet the Pritzkers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/meet-pritzkers-105485 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Pritzker%20family.jpg" title="From left: Margot Pritzker, Cindy Pritzker, Jason Pritzker, Abigail and Gigi Pritzker Pucker, Ben Pritzker, Michael Pucker, Brian Traubert, Penny Pritzker, David Pritzker and Bea Barbareschi. (Crain's Chicago Business/Erik Unger)" /></p><p>Despite my distaste for our culture&#39;s ever-increasing <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/01/110801fa_fact_lane" target="_blank">fetishization of celebrity</a>, I&#39;ve always held a certain fascination for the mysterious figureheads of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/world/europe/pope-benedict-xvi-says-he-will-retire.html?_r=0">church</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121212/BLOGS02/121219918/why-are-mike-madigans-staffers-leaving" target="_blank">state</a> and <a href="http://www.luxist.com/2009/04/06/the-classicist-the-history-of-americas-upper-class/" target="_blank">high society</a> who hold court over our daily lives. We see their last names splashed across newspapers and embossed on almost every building downtown, yet their personal attributes (and often, their first names) remain unknown to the vast majority of the general public.</p><p>Can you name a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Hilton" target="_blank">Hilton</a> besides Paris or a&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barthélemy_de_Lesseps" target="_blank">de Lessups</a> besides &quot;Countess&quot; LuAnn from <em>The Real Housewives</em>? If not, I weep for humanity.&nbsp;</p><p>Maybe I&#39;ve been reading too much <em><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-0">Batman: The Dark Knight Returns</a>,&nbsp;</em>but I find Chicago to be particularly Gotham-esque in terms of the rich and powerful holding the keys to our city. Several old-money families rule our cultural landscape-- <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2016992,00.html" target="_blank">the Daleys</a> in government, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Melman" target="_blank">the Melmans</a> in dining, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_S._Ricketts" target="_blank">the Ricketts</a> in sports-- but if any one Chicago dynasty knows the identity of Batman, it would be the Pritzkers.</p><p><em>Chicago Magazine</em>&nbsp;just released their 2013 list of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2013/Chicago-Power-100/?ref=fader-1" target="_blank">100 Most Powerful Chicagoans</a>;&nbsp;and, per usual, the Pritzker clan nabbed top ranks: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pritzker" target="_blank">Tom Pritzker </a>at #25, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Pritzker">Penny Pritzker</a>&nbsp;at #6 and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.B._Pritzker" target="_blank">J.B. Pritzker</a>&nbsp;at #3.</p><p>For a multi-generational empire&nbsp;that has hovered near the top of&nbsp;<em>Forbes&#39; &quot;</em><a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/list/#page:1_sort:0_direction:asc_search:Pritzker_filter:All%20industries_filter:All%20states_filter:All%20categories" target="_blank">America&#39;s Richest Families</a>&quot; list since the magazine began in 1982, the Pritzkers&#39; continued impact as modern-day leaders, philanthropists and cultural gatekeepers is nothing short of astonishing. In 2001, <em>Forbes </em>estimated the family&#39;s net worth at a cool&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/2002/12/11/cx_da_1211topnews.html">$15 billion</a>. Over 10 years later, a fortune of&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-18/business/ct-biz-1218-pritzkers-mainbar--20111218_1_hyatt-center-pritzker-military-library-wealth/3">$20 billion</a>&nbsp;and climbing sounds about right.&nbsp;</p><p>Need a refresher course on some notable Pritzkers? Here&#39;s a quick rundown:</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JB%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(Crain's Chicago Business)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u style="font-size: 16px; ">J.B. Pritzker</u></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/leaders/donald_n_pritzker.html" target="_blank">Donald Pritzker</a>, brother to Anthony and Penny.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Managing Partner and co-founder of <a href="http://pritzkergroup.com" target="_blank">The Pritzker Group</a>, founder of New World Ventures and principal owner of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and TransUnion Corporation. He is also the creator of the Children&#39;s Initiative, chairman of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, former chairman of the Illinois Human Rights Commission and founder of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Penny%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(PennyPritzker.com)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Penny Pritzker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Daughter of <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/leaders/donald_n_pritzker.html" target="_blank">Donald Pritzker</a>, sister to Anthony and J.B.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Founder, Chairman and CEO of <a href="http://www.pspcapital.com" target="_blank">PSP Capital Partners</a> and Pritzker Realty Group. She is also co-founder and chairman of Artemis Real Estate Partners, former national co-chair of Obama for America 2012 and national finance chair of his 2008 presidential campaign, co-founder of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, Stanford University trustee, member of the Chicago Board of Education and frontrunner for the president&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130213/BLOGS10/130219933/pritzker-empire-would-share-the-ugly-glare-at-pennys-hearings" target="_blank">Secretary of Commerce</a>&nbsp;nomination in 2013.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Tom%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(NYTimes.com)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Thomas (Tom) Pritzker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Pritzker" target="_blank">Jay Pritzker</a>, brother to Gigi and Daniel.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130204006011/en/Pritzker-Organizationw.businesswire.com/news/home/20130204006011/en/Pritzker-Organization-Appoints-Kenneth-H.M.-Leet-President" target="_blank">The Pritzker Organization</a>&nbsp;(TPO) and the Executive Chairman of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He is also the founder and Chairman of North America Western Asia Holdings LLC, chairman of the board at the Art Institute of Chicago and organizer of the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Anthony%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(Forbes.com)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Anthony (Tony) Pritzker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/leaders/donald_n_pritzker.html" target="_blank">Donald Pritzker</a>, brother to Penny and J.B.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Managing Partner and co-founder of The Pritzker Group, head of <a href="http://pritzkergroup.com/investment-professionals/">New World Opportunity Partners</a> and former Chairman of the Board of AmSafe Partners. He is married with six children and currently resides in Los Angeles.</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Nicholas%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(Forbes.com)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Nicholas J. (Nick) Pritzker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoda_Pritzker">Jack Pritzker and Rhoda Goldberg</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Chairman of the Board and C.E.O of the Hyatt Development Corporation, investor in the recently scandalized electric car company <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/0212/Tesla-Motors-CEO-rebuts-New-York-Times-Model-S-review" target="_blank">Tesla Motors</a>, co-founder of Chicago&#39;s Clean Energy Trust and husband of <em>Mother Jones</em>&nbsp;board member Sue Pritzker. While classified as one of the 11 Pritzker &quot;cousins&quot; participating in the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-18/business/ct-biz-1218-pritzkers-family-graphic--20111218_1_primary-residence-three-children-family-tree" target="_blank">family agreement</a>, he is technically a member of the elder generation, a cousin of Jay, Donald and Robert Pritzker.</span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gigi-%20original.jpg" style="height: 179px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="(Crain's Chicago Business)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Jean (Gigi) Pritzker Pucker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Daughter of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Pritzker" target="_blank">Jay Pritzker</a>, sister to Daniel and Thomas.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Owner of Los-Angeles based film production company <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odd_Lot_Entertainment" target="_blank">Odd Lot Entertainment</a>, which backed the hit film <em>Drive</em> in 2011, and producer of the Broadway show <em>Million Dollar Quartet</em>. She is also President and Director of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation: giving to kidney research, the Chicago Children&#39;s Theatre and various schools.</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Matthew%20Pritzker.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(Crain's Chicago Business)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><u>Matthew Pritzker</u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pritzker" target="_blank">Robert Pritzker</a>, brother to Liesel.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Current status</strong>: Head of the Matthew Pritzker Company, owner of Chicago-based Homemade Pizza Company and <a href="http://www.hugonaturals.com" target="_blank">Hugo Naturals</a>. He is also a private equity&nbsp;investor, buyer of distressed real estate&nbsp;and one of several heirs to the Hyatt Hotel fortune.</span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Liesel-%20original.jpg" style="height: 175px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="(Forbes.com)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u style="font-size: 16px; ">Liesel Pritzker Simmons</u></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;">Daughter of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pritzker" target="_blank">Robert Pritzker</a>, sister to Matthew.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Status</strong>: Head of the Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO). As a child actress of the &#39;90s, she played Sara Crewe in Alfonso Cuaron&#39;s&nbsp;<em>A Little Princess&nbsp;</em>and the president&#39;s daughter in <em>Air Force One</em>.&nbsp;In 2002, she filed a <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2003-03-16/the-house-of-pritzker" target="_blank">$6 billion lawsuit </a>against her father and 11 older cousins, claiming they had misappropriated money from trusts established for her and her brother Matthew (the suit was settled by both parties in 2005). She now lives in New York with husband Ian Simmons and serves as Vice President of the <a href="http://www.idpfoundation.org" target="_blank">IDP Foundation</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Daniel%20Pritzker_US.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(Forbes.com)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u><span style="font-size:16px;">Daniel Pritzker</span></u></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Son of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Pritzker">Jay Pritzker</a>, brother to Thomas and Gigi.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>Status</strong>: Trustee of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, overseer of the Jay Pritzker Academy in Ta Chet, Cambodia, filmmaker and professional musician (founder, guitarist and songwriter of Chicago band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Dada" target="_blank">Sonia Dada</a>). He now lives with his wife Karen in California.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><strong>Still confused about who begat whom? The full list of Pritzker descendants is available&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pritzker_family#Members" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></em></span></p><p>In many ways, the Pritzkers are like any other family. They&#39;re not perfect, and they&#39;ve experienced their fair share of scandal, struggle and loss. Sure, their wealth projects them into an upper echelon of society that few people will ever reach, but their collective outpouring of support for education (the <a href="http://pritzker.uchicago.edu" target="_blank">Pritzker School of Medicine</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/" target="_blank">Pritzker Legal Research Center</a>, etc.), charity (the <a href="http://www.jb-pritzker.com/page/philanthropy" target="_blank">Pritzker Family Philanthropic Fund</a>) and cultural advancement (the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pritzkerprize.com">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>, the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park_-artarchitecture.html" target="_blank">Jay Pritzker Pavillion</a> in Millenium Park&nbsp;and the wonderful <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/careers/pritzker-fellowships">Pritzker Fellowships </a>here at WBEZ!) proves that silver-spooned socialites can still have hearts.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pritzkers: they&#39;re just like us!</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cindy%20jay%20pritzker_0.jpg" title="Cindy Pritzker and her late husband Jay, son of family patriarch A.N. Pritzker and co-founder of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. (Pritzker Prize/Hyatt Foundation)" /></div><p><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>&nbsp;or add her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/meet-pritzkers-105485