Linda Pritzker

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Linda Pritzker
Linda Pritzker, aka Lama Tsomo, Headshot, 2014.jpg
Linda Pritzker (Lama Tsomo) in 2014
Born 1953
Nationality United States
Other names
  • Lama Tsomo
Occupation Tibetan Lama, Author[1]
Known for Inheritance, Buddhism
Net worth Increase US$ 1.77 billion (March 2017)[2]
Children three
Parent(s) Audrey Gilbert
Robert Pritzker

Linda Pritzker (born 1953) is an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch in Missoula, Montana. She is a member of the Pritzker family, known for the Hyatt Hotel fortune, and is also known by the name Lama Tsomo.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pritzker was born in 1953 in Oberlin, Ohio, the second of three children born to Jewish-American businessman, Robert Pritzker,[4][5] and Audrey Gilbert.[6][7] She has two siblings: Jennifer N. Pritzker (b. James, 1950),[8] a retired Lt Colonel in the U.S. Army and founder of the Pritzker Military Library,[9] and Karen Pritzker (b. 1958).

Her parents divorced in 1979.[5] In 1981, her mother remarried Albert B. Ratner, the co-chairman of Cleveland-based real estate developer Forest City Enterprises.[6][7] In 1980, her father remarried to Irene Dryburgh with whom he had two children: Matthew Pritzker and Liesel Pritzker Simmons.[5]


After earning a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and working as a psychotherapist for several years, Pritzker began a spiritual path to Tibetan Buddhism.[10]

Pritzker was ordained a lama[2] in February 2005 by Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master and world holder of the Namchak Lineage, a branch of the Nyingma path of Tibetan Buddhism.[3] She began studying with Rinpoche in 1995 and became fluent in Tibetan.[11] Her journey to Buddhist practices has been documented by ABC News' Dan Harris in his podcast 10% Happier.[12]

She is the author of The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales [13] and Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice[14] with a foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.[11] Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? was a 2016 silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards)[15]

Today, much of Pritzker's work revolves around the Namchak Foundation. While the Namchak Retreat Ranch is still under construction,[16] Namchak has begun teaching students an introduction to meditation through the "Always Smiling" eCourse.[17]

Pritzker has been listed on the Forbes 400. As of March 2017, she was listed at 374 with a net worth of $1.77 billion.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pritzker is divorced and has three children. She lives in Missoula, Montana.[1] She is a Tibetan Buddhist.[2]


  • Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice[14]
  • The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales[13]
  • “Ani Tsering Wangmo: A Life of Merit” in Lion’s Roar Newsletter, March 2010.
  • “Coming Home” in Originally Blessed. Oakland, CA: Creation Spirituality Communities, 2008.
  • “Dharmasala” in Lion’s Roar Newsletter, August 2007.
  • “Shedra” in Lion’s Roar Newsletter, February 2006.


  1. ^ a b van Gelder, Sarah. "How an American lama finds joy during turbulent times". Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Linda Pritzker March 2017
  3. ^ a b "Who is Lama Tsomo". Namchak. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Linda Pritzker, Forbes (October 2006)
  5. ^ a b c CNN Money: "THE PRITZKERS UNVEILING A PRIVATE FAMILY Can you believe it? These billionaires actually like each other. But as Pritzkers proliferate, a worry arises: Can they maintain their striking success – and keep everyone happy?", Ford S. Worthy, April 25, 1988
  6. ^ a b Yale University: "Slow readers, creative thinkers: gift will spur dyslexia studies - New center will explore links between reading problems, creativity" retrieved December 21, 2012
  7. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: "Biography of the Ratner Family" retrieved December 21, 2012
  8. ^ Geidner, Chris (August 23, 2013). "Billionaire Backer Of Open Transgender Military Service Comes Out As Transgender". BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Pritzker Military Library website: "Colonel (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)" retrieved December 21, 2012
  10. ^ "Linda Pritzker Lama Tsomo". Linda Pritzker. August 21, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Chaney, Rob. "Buddhist teacher expands Tibetan tradition in Montana". The Missoulian. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Effron, Lauren. "Hotel Heiress-Turned-Tibetan Buddhist Lama on Navigating Life Toward Happiness". ABC News. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "The Princess Who Wept Pearls". 
  14. ^ a b "Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice". 
  15. ^ "Independent Publisher Book Awards 2016 Winners". Jenkins Group Publishing Services. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Namchak Retreat Ranch". Namchak LLC. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Join the Community - Meditation Resources". Lama Tsomo LLC. Retrieved November 30, 2016.