Thomas Pritzker

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Thomas Pritzker
Born (1950-06-06) June 6, 1950 (age 69)
Alma mater Claremont McKenna College
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
OccupationHotelier and philanthropist
Net worthUS$4.2 billion (February 2018) [1]
Spouse(s)Margot Marshall
Parent(s) Jay Pritzker
Marian Friend
Relatives Pritzker family
FamilyNancy Pritzker (sister)
John Pritzker (brother)
Daniel Pritzker (brother)
Jean "Gigi" Pritzker (sister)

Thomas Pritzker (born June 6, 1950) is an American billionaire heir, businessman and philanthropist. A member of the Pritzker family, he is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Pritzker Organization (TPO), which manages the various Pritzker family business assets, and the executive chairman of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. [1]

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Early life

Thomas Pritzker was born on June 6, 1950, the son of Jay Pritzker (1922–99) and his wife, Marian Friend. He holds an JD and MBA from the University of Chicago, [2] and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.

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University of Chicago Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Claremont McKenna College Conservative liberal arts college in Claremont, CA, with curricular emphasis on economics, finance, and public affairs

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He is founder (2011) and chairman of North America Western Asia Holdings LLC (Nawah), an investment and advisory firm seeking to invest in Iraqi companies while advising clients looking to do business in the region. [3]

North America Western Asia Holdings

North America Western Asia Holdings, (NAWAH) is an investment firm founded in 2011. It was established by Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker and former Pentagon official Paul Brinkley to build businesses in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.


He is the past chairman of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He organized the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. [4] He is a director of UCLA.

Art Institute of Chicago art museum and school in Chicago

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a think tank based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. CSIS was founded as the "Center for Strategic and International Studies" of Georgetown University in 1962. The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world, with a specific focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy.

The Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium is a collaborative research enterprise by leading academic and scientific institutions including research groups at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Davis, Cornell University, and the HudsonAlpha Institute. The consortium is focused on discovering the neurobiological and genetic causes of three major psychiatric disorders, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and identifying biomarkers for better diagnosis and novel targets for treatment.

Personal life

He is married to Margot Marshall; [5] they have three sons. [6] [7]

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  5. Chicago Tribune: "Inside the Pritzker family feud Since the 1999 death of the revered Jay Pritzker, tensions have quietly roiled Chicago's wealthiest family. Here is a look behind the scenes" By Susan Chandler and Kathy Bergen June 12, 2005
  6. Financial Times: "Thomas Pritzker, Hyatt chairman: a billionaire with many faces" by Henny Sender September 21, 2014
  7. Harris, Melissa; Wernau, Julie (December 18, 2011). "The Pritzker family tree". Chicago Tribune.