Gigi Pritzker

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Gigi Pritzker
Born Jean Pritzker
1962 (age 54–55)
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Education B.A. Stanford University
Occupation Film producer, Philanthropist
Known for co-founder of Odd Lot Entertainment
Net worth Increase US$ 1.9 billion (March 2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Michael Pucker
Children 3
Parent(s) Jay Pritzker
Marian "Cindy" Friend

Jean "Gigi" Pritzker (born 1962) is an American billionaire, film producer, and philanthropist. She is a member of the Pritzker family, as the granddaughter of A.N. Pritzker and daughter of Jay Pritzker.

Early life and education[edit]

Pritzker was born to the wealthy Jewish Pritzker family in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Marian "Cindy" (née Friend) and Jay Pritzker.[2] Her maternal grandfather was Prague-born jurist Hugo Friend. Her father diversified the Chicago-based family business, the Marmon Group - along with his brothers Robert Pritzker and Donald Pritzker - building it into a portfolio of over 60 diversified industrial corporations. They also created the Hyatt Hotel chain in 1957 and owned Braniff Airlines from 1983–1988.[1] The family has been divesting its assets: in 2006, the family sold Conwood, a smokeless tobacco company, for $3.5 billion to cigarette company Reynolds American Inc;[3] in 2007, the family sold control of the Marmon Group to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $4.5 billion;[1] and in 2010, the family sold its majority stake in Transunion, the Chicago-based credit reporting company, for an undisclosed amount to Chicago-based private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.[3] Pritzker graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University.[4]

Career[edit]

After taking courses in documentary film making,[4] she co-founded - along with her friend Deborah Del Prete - the Culver City, California based film production and financing company Odd Lot Entertainment.[1][4][5] In 2010, Odd Lot produced the film Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and in 2011, produced the film Drive starring Ryan Gosling.[6] In November 2013, Odd Lot released Ender's Game a film co-starring Harrison Ford, and based on Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel.[1] Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions - along with her partner Ted Rawlins - through their company Relevant Theatricals. Relevant Theatricals produced the play Million Dollar Quartet.[6]

Personal life and philanthropy[edit]

Pritzker is president and a trustee of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and the Chicago Children's Theatre.[1] She is married to Michael Pucker[7] and has three children.[1]

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