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
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Tibetan Lama, Author[1]
Known for Inheritance, Buddhism
Net worth Increase US$ 1.85 billion (November 2014)[2]
Religion Buddhist
Children three
Parent(s) Audrey Gilbert
Robert Pritzker

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

Early life[edit]

Pritzker was born in 1953, 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 she is fluent in Tibetan.

She is the author of The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales. [11] She is currently working on a Westerner's guide to Tibetan Buddhism.[2]

Pritzker has been listed on the Forbes 400. As of November 2014, she was listed at 357 with a net worth of $1.85 billion.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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


  • The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales[11]
  • “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.