J. Christopher Reyes

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J. Christopher Reyes
Joseph Christopher Reyes

1953 (age 65–66)
ResidenceHobe Sound, Florida, US
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
OccupationCo-chairman, Reyes Holdings
Net worth$4.6 billion (December 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Anne N. Reyes
Parent(s)Joseph Reyes
Frances Collins
RelativesJude Reyes (brother)
Robert S. Taubman (brother-n-law)

Joseph Christopher Reyes (born 1953) is an American billionaire businessman, and the co-chairman, with his brother Jude Reyes, of Reyes Holdings, a beer and food distribution holding company, ranked by Forbes in 2017 as the 11th largest privately held company in the US.[2]

Early life[edit]

Reyes was born in 1953, the eldest son of Joseph A. Reyes and Frances "Frannie" Marie Reyes (nee Collins) (1925-2013).[3][4] He has seven brothers and one sister, M. Jude Reyes, David K. Reyes, William F. Reyes, John J. Reyes, James V. Reyes, Julie Reyes Taubman (married to Robert S. Taubman), Thomas A. Reyes, and Stephen Reyes (died before 2013).[3][4]

Reyes earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.[1]


He began his business career by purchasing a small Schlitz beer distribution business in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his brother and father.[1] Running all aspects of the operation with his brother, the firm aggressively acquired beer distribution businesses and brands. Since 1976, Reyes Holdings has acquired more than 115 beer distribution operations. In April 1998, the firm expanded beyond beer distribution with the purchase of the Martin-Brower Company, a dedicated McDonald's distribution business operating primarily in the US.

Political donations[edit]

A Republican, he has donated $25,250 to former Illinois Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood.[5] From 1994 to 2007, he donated $80,200 to the Illinois Republican Party and the Lake County Republican Party committees.[5] He also donated $100,000 to Two Party System, Inc., a Republican PAC.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Reyes is married to Anne N. Reyes, they have four children and live in Hobe Sound, Florida.[1][7] In 2010, he bought a house with 44 acres in Aspen, Colorado for $47.5 million.[6]


He is chairman of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago[8][9] and a member of the board of trustees for Ronald McDonald House Charities .[10]

He sits on the board of directors for Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame.[1][11][8][6][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Forbes profile: J. Christopher Reyes". Forbes. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Reyes Holdings on the Forbes America's Largest Private Companies List". forbes.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Frances M. Reyes's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Illinois Campaign for Political Reform biography". ilcampaign.org. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Troy Hooper, 'GOP heavyweight and friend of Aspen Skiing Company's Crown family pays $31.5 million for Aspen pad', in Real Vail, November 8, 2010 [1]
  7. ^ "J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes Foundation: Chicago Grants". insidephilanthropy.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Board of Trustees". rmhc.org. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  9. ^ Reyes, J. Christopher (2012). Children's Hospital of Chicago 2012 Annual Report. p. 1.
  10. ^ Reyes, J. Christopher. "Board of Trustees". Ronald McDonald House Charities. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  11. ^ "The Edgewater Funds: CEO and Executives - Bloomberg". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago Board" (PDF). msichicago.org. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  13. ^ Dame, ENR/PAZ // University Communications // University of Notre. "Board of Trustees // Leadership // About ND // University of Notre Dame". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 6 March 2018.