Neil Bluhm

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Neil G. Bluhm
Born1938 (age 80–81)
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Alma materUniversity of Illinois (B.A.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
Known forreal estate and casinos
Net worthUS$4 billion (September 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Barbara Bluhm-Kaul (divorced)
ChildrenAndy Bluhm
Leslie Bluhm
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf

Neil G. Bluhm (born 1938) is an American billionaire real estate and casino magnate.

Early life and education[edit]

Bluhm was born to a Jewish family in 1938.[1][2] His father left home when he was 13, and his mother worked as a bookkeeper.[3] He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a law degree from Northwestern University.[1][3][4][5][6]


He started his career as a lawyer and eventually a partner in the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt.[5] In 1969, he co-founded JMB Realty[3][4][5][6][7] with Judd Malkin. He serves as a Managing Partner of Walton Street Capital and Lamb Partners.[3][4][5][6] He is also President of the ALP Liquidating Trust and the Northbrook Corporation, and Chairman of the Board of HSP Gaming and the Falls Management Company.[4][7] He owns the Holdings Acquisitions Co..[7] He is a former Co-Chairman of the Board of Urban Shopping Centers.[4] He is Chairman of the Board of Midwest Gaming & Entertainment[3] which owns casinos in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, and Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Canada.[3][6][7][8][9]


He hosted President Barack Obama's 49th birthday party, where admission was a $30,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee.[1][3] He has made further donations to Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, Dick Durbin, Melissa Bean, Rahm Emanuel, Lisa Madigan, Rod Blagojevich, Lou Lang, and Michael Madigan.[3] An art patron, he sits on the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art.[1] He also has an art collection worth $300 million.[1] He sits on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.[6][10]

Personal life[edit]

He is divorced from Barbara Bluhm-Kaul[11] and has three children:[1]

  • Andy Bluhm, who runs his own hedge fund, Delaware Street Capital;[12]
  • Leslie Bluhm, who co-founded Chicago Cares;[12]
  • Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, a philanthropist.[12]

He lives in Chicago.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile: Neil Bluhm". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ "The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb" By Irving Cutler published 1996
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Anna Marie Kukec, 'Rivers Casino dealmaker eyes the next big project', in The Daily Herald, 7/25/2011 [1]
  4. ^ a b c d e "Neil G. Bluhm CPA: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Walton St Capital biography". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Global Conference 2010 - Speaker: Neil Bluhm". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Not Found". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  8. ^ Melissa Harris, 'Knowing when to hold them', in The Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2011 [2]
  9. ^ Chicago Tribune: "Son of billionaire casino magnate Neil Bluhm invests in competitor" by Melissa Harris March 16, 2015
  10. ^ "Life Trustees: Administration and Planning - Northwestern University". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  11. ^ Chicago Sun-Times: "Obama taps Chicagoan Barbara Bluhm-Kaul to cultural property panel" By Lynn Sweet August 30, 2011
  12. ^ a b c Daily Herald: "Rivers Casino dealmaker eyes the next big project" By Anna Marie Kukec July 25, 2011