Andrew Hauptman

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Andrew Hauptman
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Residence Los Angeles
Citizenship United States
Education B.A. Yale University
M.B.A. Harvard University
Occupation businessman
film producer
Known for co-owner of the Chicago Fire
Spouse(s) Ellen Bronfman Hauptman
Relatives Charles Bronfman (father-in-law)

Andrew Hauptman (born 1969) is an American businessman, co-founder of the investment firm Andell Holdings, and owner of the Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire.


Hauptman was born in 1969[1] to a Jewish family[2] and raised in Smithtown, New York.[3] His father was a pediatrician.[4] He graduated with a B.A. from Yale University[5] and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.[6] After school, he worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York City; and then as an executive with Universal Studios in London focusing on the music and film entertainment groups.[6]

Andell Holdings[edit]

In 1998, he and his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, founded Andell Inc. (formerly known as Andell Holdings, LLC), a private investment firm based in Los Angeles[6] with investments primarily in entertainment, sports and consumer products.[7] Andell manages assets that grew out of the Bronfman family’s controlling position of The Seagram Co. Ltd. Andell’s current activities include direct and indirect investments in public and private companies, real estate, and partnerships with investment managers.[5][8] His production company Andell Entertainment has produced several feature films including “Millions” directed by Danny Boyle in 2004;[6] "Lions for Lambs" starring Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in 2007;[7] and "State of Play" starring Russell Crowe in 2009.[6]

Chicago Fire Soccer Club[edit]

In 2007, Andell purchased the Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire from the Anschutz Entertainment Group for $35 million.[9][7][10] Hauptman has recruited top management and soccer talent as well increasing the number of players in its youth program from 400 to over 15,000,[6] announcing the construction of a $20 million, 140,000 square-foot Chicago Fire Soccer Center on the north side of Chicago,[11] and expanded the Chicago Fire Foundation, which has provided over $1.7 million in grants, contributions and in-kind support.[6] Hauptman currently sits on the League’s Board of Governors and has held various appointments to MLS’ Media, Governance, Competition, Digital Commerce, Product and Player Development Strategy, and Marketing committees.[12]

Other business activities[edit]

Hauptman presently serves as a director of XIX Entertainment and on the advisory board of Altas Partners.[5][not in citation given] Hauptman has served as a director of numerous public and private companies including BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility and Canyon Ranch Holdings. In addition, Hauptman participates in several business organizations, including the Bel Air and Aspen chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).[13]


He serves as Director of The Hauptman Family Foundation and as honorary Chairman of the Chicago Fire Foundation. He is on the board of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, the Yale University Council, and the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute.[14] Hauptman serves as a national trustee of City Year and is co-founder and chairman of City Year Los Angeles.[15][16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Hauptman is married to Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, the daughter of Canadian businessman Charles Bronfman.[18] They are raising their children in the Jewish faith.[19]


  1. ^ Chicagoland Soccer News: "WHO IS ANDREW HAUPTMAN? - New Fire Owner Opens Up About Fire Purchase" by Kathryn L. Knapp April 8, 2008
  2. ^ Berman Jewish Policy Archive: "One Family's Philanthropic Legacy: Charles R. Bronfman, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, and Stephen R. Bronfman Talk About Philanthropy, Values and the Jewish Community" By Marge Tabankin Spring 2011
  3. ^ ESPN: "No transition: Fire owner wants a winner" by Charlie Corr September 12, 2010
  4. ^ Entrepreneur magazine: "Father Knows Better - Words of wisdom-not from industry leaders, but the men who helped them become leaders" June 10, 2008
  5. ^ a b c BusinessWeek: Company Overview of Andell Holdings, LLC June 8, 2015
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Chicago Fire: "Andrew Hauptman - Owner and Chairman, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Chairman, Andell, Inc" retrieved September 10, 2014
  7. ^ a b c Washington Post: "Andell Holdings Buys MLS' Chicago Fire" By GARY GENTILE September 6, 2007
  8. ^ NASDAQ: "BSN SPORTS to Merge With Herff Jones" May 16, 2013
  9. ^ "Hauptman to Purchase Chicago Fire". July 12, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Chicago Fire Foundation Announces Expansion of P.L.A.Y.S. Program March 2, 2015
  11. ^ Crain's Chicago Business: "Chicago Fire owner building soccer dome on North Side" by Danny Ecker Dec 16, 2013
  12. ^ Chicago Fire Media Guide 2011 Archived July 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. 2011
  13. ^ Milken Institute Speakers Bio: "Andrew Hauptman - Chairman and CEO, Andell Holdings LLC" retrieved June 9, 2015
  14. ^ Charles Bronfman Prize: Founders retrieved September 10, 2014
  15. ^ City Year Bio: "Andrew Hauptman - Chair, City Year Los Angeles Board Chairman - Andell, Inc." retrieved June 9, 2015
  16. ^ Octavia Spencer, Stacey Snider, Carly Rae Jepsen Help Raise $1.5M at City Year Spring Break April 26, 2015
  17. ^ Huffington Post: "This School Problem Belongs to All of Us" by Andrew Hauptman Sept 4, 2014
  18. ^ Forbes: "Major League Soccer's Billionaire Owners" by Charles Smith November 20, 2013
  19. ^ Berman Jewish Policy Archive: "One Family's Philanthropic Legacy: Charles R. Bronfman, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, and Stephen R. Bronfman Talk About Philanthropy, Values and the Jewish Community" By Marge Tabankin Spring 2011 | "Andrew and I are trying to decide whether to send our kids to Hebrew school on Sundays. And we just haven’t figured it out, but we’re trying to: Andrew and I are trying to work out what that all means to us and our family. Our children are definitely going to have a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah."

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