Colonel Pritzker: A Chicago Billionaire Focuses on Veterans, LGBTQ Causes, and More

While families like the Waltons and Kochs might be more well known, the Pritzker family of Chicago also holds enormous wealth. In 2016, Forbes estimated the family’s net worth at $29 billion—counting 11 billionaire family members. Paving the way for what is now one of America’s richest families, late patriarch Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker arrived in the Windy City in the early 1880s as a penniless Jewish immigrant from Ukraine. He taught himself English, worked his way through law school, and launched a thriving law firm. Today, the billionaire Pritzker clan derives their fortune from the Hyatt hotel chain and investments.

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