Daniel Pritzker

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Daniel Pritzker
Born1959 (age 61–62)
Alma materTufts University (BA)
Northwestern University (JD)
OccupationHeir, musician, film director
Net worthUS$2.3 billion (May 2020)[1]
Spouse(s)Karen Edensword
Parent(s)Marian Friend Pritzker
Jay Pritzker
RelativesThomas Pritzker (brother)
John Pritzker (brother)
Jean "Gigi" Pritzker (sister)
A. N. Pritzker (grandfather)
FamilyPritzker family

Daniel Pritzker (born 1959)[1] is an American billionaire heir, musician, film director, and member of the Pritzker family.

Early life[edit]

Pritzker was born to a Jewish family, the son of Marian (née Friend) and Jay Pritzker.[2][3] He is the grandson of A. N. Pritzker. He is a 1981 graduate of Tufts University and earned a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Law School in 1986.


Daniel and his wife Karen are trustees of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, a philanthropic fund that created the Pritzker Challenge at Tufts with gifts of $10 million. The Pritzker Challenge is designed to encourage members of the Tufts community to establish endowed or term scholarships for underprivileged minority students. Pritzker was the founder, guitarist and songwriter for the Chicago band Sonia Dada.

Pritzker is ranked 353 in the 2020 list of "The 400 Richest Americans" by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $2.4 billion.[4]

He purchased Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" guitar for $790,000 in 2002. In 2017, he donated it to a charity auction, where Brian Halligan placed the winning bid totaling $1.9M.[5][6]

After many years, he directed a film about jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden which was released to theaters in May 2019.[7] Originally titled Bolden! before being renamed to just Bolden, he funded the project from first draft to theatrical release because he felt the life of Buddy Bolden "was American history and tragedy of mythical proportion. From the outset I saw this as an opportunity to make an allegorical story about the soul of America."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pritzker is married to Karen Edensword and has five children.[2][9] The couple lives in Kentfield, California.


  • Bolden (2019) - Director and writer


  1. ^ a b "Daniel Pritzker". Forbes. Retrieved 14 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Harris, Melissa; Wernau, Julie (18 December 2011). "The Pritzker family tree". Chicago Tribune. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Pritzker family". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 20 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Daniel Pritzker". Forbes. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  5. ^ Blistein, Jon (1 June 2017). "Jerry Garcia's Legendary Wolf Guitar Sells for $1.9 Million at Auction". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Rosen, Andy (1 June 2017). "HubSpot's Brian Halligan Buys Jerry Garcia's Guitar for Almost $2 Million". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Tarby, Russ. "Buddy Bolden Movie Hits Theaters in May". Syncopatedtimes.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  8. ^ Bebco, Joe. "Director Daniel Pritzker talks about his new movie, "Bolden"". Syncopatedtimes.com. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Death Notice: Cora Jane Bidwell Barr". Chicago Tribune. 20 April 2008. Genealogist, adventuress and world traveler, Cora is survived by two daughters, Karen Marie Edensword Pritzker, of Marin County, CA, and Diana Lisa Edensword Conway, of Potomac, MD; her former husband, Jon Goodwin Edensword, of Washington, DC; eight grandchildren; four sisters; and innumerable friends CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)