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# Tony Pritzker

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Overview

Pritzker runs the Chicago-based Pritzker Group with his younger brother, J.B. The private equity and venture capital firm, which was seeded by the brothers' inheritance from their family's hotel and manufacturing empire, has invested in more than 75 companies. He also owns shares in Hyatt Hotels and commercial real estate properties in the U.S.

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Age 56
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Biography

Birthdate: 1/7/1961
Family: Married, 7 children
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Dartmouth College MBA, University of Chicago

Tony Pritzker was born in Stanford University's Stanford Hospital in 1961, when his father, Donald, was running the Pritzker family's Hyatt Hotels. He and his two siblings, Penny and Jay Robert, got an early grounding in business when their father brought them to business meetings, interrupting the proceedings to explain what was happening.

Like his uncle, Robert Pritzker, an engineer who built the family's Marmon Holdings into an industrial conglomerate of 125 companies, Tony Pritzker studied engineering at Dartmouth College. After graduating in 1982, he worked at a computer company in Silicon Valley and in a circuit-board assembly factory in Japan. He returned to the U.S. to get an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1987.

Back home, he worked in a series of Marmon companies, including AmSafe Partners, an aviation safety business he and his brother J.B. later acquired after they formed Pritzker Group in 2002. The brothers have since bought eight companies involved in businesses as diverse as pallet rentals and inland riverboat cruises. They sold AmSafe in 2007.

Pritzker was part of a group of fourth generation cousins who in 2001 accused his older sister, Penny, and cousins Thomas and Nicholas of paying themselves too much to run the family enterprises, moving assets to their own trust funds and failing to disclose those actions. To avoid a court fight, the Pritzkers agreed to a 10-year restructuring under which the family kept some assets, sold others and sold shares of Hyatt in an initial public offering.

Pritzker lives in Los Angeles with his wife and seven children. A fitness fanatic, he often gets up at 5:30 a.m. to work out, running eight miles twice a week along the beach. He's competed in 22 marathons and eight Ironman triathlons since 1999.

Milestones
  • 1961 Anthony Pritzker is born to Sue and Donald Pritzker in Stanford, California.
  • 1982 Graduates from Dartmouth College with degree in engineering.
  • 1984 Moves to Nagano prefecture in Japan to work in circuit board assembly factory.
  • 1987 Graduates from the University of Chicago with an MBA.
  • 1987 Begins work in a series of companies owned by the Pritzkers' Marmon Holdings.
  • 1998 Named president of Marmon's Stainless Industrial Companies.
  • 2002 Joins with brother J.B. to form the Pritzker Group investment firm.
  • 2003 Achieves personal best time of 3 hours, 16 minutes, in San Diego marathon.
  • 2013 Donates $15 million to UCLA for environmental and sustainability research.