Daniel Pritzker

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Daniel Pritzker
Born1959 (age 58–59)
ResidenceKentfield, California, US
Alma materB.A. Tufts University
J.D. Northwestern University
OccupationHeir, musician, film director
Net worthUS$2.4 billion (February 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Karen Edensword
Parent(s)Marian Friend Pritzker
Jay Pritzker
RelativesA. N. Pritzker (grandfather)
FamilyNancy Pritzker (sister)
Thomas Pritzker (brother)
John Pritzker (brother)
Jean "Gigi" Pritzker (sister)

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


Pritzker was born to a Jewish family, the son of Marian (née Friend) and Jay Pritzker.[2][3] He is a 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 293 in the 2013 list of "The 400 Richest Americans" by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $1.95 billion.[1]

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.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Pritzker is married to Karen Edensword and has five children.[2][6] The couple lives in Kentfield, California.



  1. ^ a b c "Daniel Pritzker". Forbes. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Melissa; Wernau, Julie (December 18, 2011). "The Pritzker family tree". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ "Pritzker family". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. ^ Blistein, Jon (2017-06-01). "Jerry Garcia's Legendary Wolf Guitar Sells for $1.9 Million at Auction". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ Rosen, Andy (2017-06-01). "HubSpot's Brian Halligan Buys Jerry Garcia's Guitar for Almost $2 Million". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ "Death Notice: Cora Jane Bidwell Barr". Chicago Tribune. April 20, 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