|Alma mater||B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D. Northwestern University
|Net worth||US$ 2.5 billion (Sept 2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Bluhm-Kaul (divorced)|
Early life and education
Neil Bluhm was born to a Jewish family in 1938. His father left home when he was 13, and his mother worked as a bookkeeper. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a law degree from Northwestern University.
He started his career as a lawyer and eventually a partner in the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. In 1969, he co-founded JMB Realty. He serves as a Managing Partner of Walton Street Capital and Lamb Partners. He is also President of the ALP Liquidating Trust and the Northbrook Corporation, and Chairman of the Board of HSP Gaming and the Falls Management Company. He owns the Holdings Acquisitions Co.. He is a former Co-Chairman of the Board of Urban Shopping Centers. He is Chairman of the Board of Midwest Gaming & Entertainment. He owns casinos in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Canada.
He hosted President Barack Obama's 49th birthday party, where admission was a $30,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee. He has made further donations to Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, Dick Durbin, Melissa Bean, Rahm Emanuel, Lisa Madigan, Rod Blagojevich, Lou Lang, and Michael Madigan. An art patron, he sits on the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He also has an art collection worth $100 million. He sits on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.
- Andy Bluhm, who runs his own hedge fund, Delaware Street Capital;
- Leslie Bluhm, who co-founded Chicago Cares;
- Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, a philanthropist.
- Forbes - The World's Billionaires: Neil Bluhm September 2013
- Forbes profile
- "The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb" By Irving Cutler published 1996
- Anna Marie Kukec, 'Rivers Casino dealmaker eyes the next big project', in The Daily Herald, 7/25/2011 
- BusinessWeek profile
- Walton St Capital biography
- Milken Institute biography
- Rivers Casino biography
- Melissa Harris, 'Knowing when to hold them', in The Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2011 
- Northwestern University Board of Trustees
- Chicago Sun-Times: "Obama taps Chicagoan Barbara Bluhm-Kaul to cultural property panel" By Lynn Sweet August 30, 2011
- Daily Herald: "Rivers Casino dealmaker eyes the next big project" By Anna Marie Kukec July 25, 2011