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Jennifer Pritzker

CEO, Tawani Enterprises
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Net worth 2018: $1.93 Billion
Industry: Service
Residence: Chicago, Illinois
Country: United States
BirthDay: 1950
Children: 3
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Loyola University Illinois

Jennifer Pritzker was bornon 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, United States, is CEO, Tawani Enterprises. Jennifer Pritzker is #1247 in List Billionaires People In The World. The world's only known transgender billionaire, Jennifer Pritzker announced in 2013 that she would live her life as a woman. Formerly known as James, the retired Army lieutenant colonel founded the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago in 2003, and through her Tawani Foundation, works to preserve American military history. Jennifer is one of 11 billionaire members of the extended Pritzker family, which sold its controlling stake in industrial conglomerate Marmon Holdings to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $4.5 billion in 2008. Her grandfather, A.N. Pritzker (d. 1986), with his sons Jay (d. 1999), Robert (d. 2011) and Donald (D. 1972), created Marmon and hotel chain Hyatt. Jennifer is CEO of private wealth management firm Tawani Enterprises in Chicago and still owns 1.7% of Hyatt stock. Some of the proceeds from her portion of the Marmon payout have gone towards amassing properties around her hometown of Chicago.


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In 2016, through her Foundation, Pritzker gave a $2 million donation to create the world’s first endowed academic chair of transgender studies, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia; Aaron Devor was chosen as the inaugural chair


On August 16, 2013, a statement was released to employees at Tawani Enterprises and the Pritzker Military Library indicating Pritzker to be the world's first openly transgender billionaire; the announcement read:As of August 16, 2013, J


In 2010, the family sold its majority stake in Transunion, the Chicago-based credit reporting company, to Chicago-based private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners for an undisclosed amount


In 2007, the family sold a 60% stake, and sold control of the Marmon Group to Berkshire Hathaway for $4


In 2006, the family sold Conwood, a smokeless tobacco company, for $3


After 16 years in the Army Reserves and Illinois Army National Guard, Pritzker retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel, in 2001


In 1996, she incorporated Tawani Enterprises, where she served as President and CEO, a business entity with current stated purpose as a "private wealth management company established to manage the personal wealth, philanthropic endeavors, and military interests of Colonel (IL) J


Pritzker created the Tawani Foundation in 1995, which aims "to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the Citizen Soldier; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; to foster health and wellness projects for improved quality of life; and to honor the service of military personnel, past, present and future


Pritzker earned airborne badges from Israel, Russia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, as well as from Poland; according to Steven Mrozek, "Most memorable of these was a parachute jump at the North Pole with the Russians in 1993


(1988–1995), and is active in number of further philanthropic enterprises


Pritzker served as a staff officer with the VII Corps at Kelley Barracks, in Germany, from 1984–1985


Pritzker graduated with a BA in History in May 1979, and received commission as an Army officer that same month


After completing military service in February 1977, Pritzker enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago, majoring in history, and entered its Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program


Army on February 8, 1974, and served with the HQ Troop, and with the B Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, both in the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, rising to the rank of Sergeant


Pritzker says one of her most memorable experiences in life were in Israel in October 1973 when she witnessed events of the Yom Kippur War


Jennifer Pritzker's father Robert, and his brothers Jay and Donald, built and diversified a Chicago-based family business, the Marmon Group, into a holding company of more than 60 diverse industrial corporations; they also created the Hyatt Hotel chain in 1957, and owned Braniff Airlines from 1983–1988


1953) and Karen Pritzker Vlock (b


Pritzker first served with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with duty assignments that included leading rifle and TOW platoons, and time in the Commandant Division, and the Anti-Armor School

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