Nicholas J. Pritzker

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Nicholas J. Pritzker
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Nationality American
Occupation Businessman
Net worth Increase US$ 1.45 billion (June 2016)[1]
Spouse(s) Susan Stowell
Children 4
Parent(s) Jack Nicholas Pritzker
Rhoda Pritzker
Relatives Abram Nicholas Pritzker (uncle)

Nicholas J. Pritzker is a real estate and venture entrepreneur in San Francisco, California.[2] He served as the Chairman of the board and CEO of the Hyatt Development Corporation.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Pritzker was born in Chicago on 16 October 1945, son of Jack Nicholas Pritzker (1903-1979) and Rhoda Goldberg Pritzker (1914-2007). He attended Reed College, Lake Forest College and the London School of Film.[5][6] He went on to receive a J.D. from the University of Chicago.[7]


Pritzker assumed responsibility of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Chicago, Illinois after working with his father, Jack Pritzker, in real estate.[8] He served as the president of the company and oversaw international hotel projects.[9] Pritzker also served on Hyatt Hotel Corporation's board of directors from 1980 to 2007.[9] He is an independent entrepreneur and co-founder of Tao Capital.[2] The investment firm primarily invests in sustainable energy and disruptive technology businesses. Tao Capital's early investments include Tesla Motors, Uber, SpaceX, Twist Bioscience, Aquion, Atlantica Hotels, United Record Pressing and Foundations Recovery Network.[10]


He has served on non-profit boards, including Vice Chairman of Conservation International and Chairman of the Grand Victoria Foundation.[2][11][12] Pritzker is the Vice-Chairman of Clean Energy Trust and Chairman of the Libra Foundation.[11][13]

Personal life[edit]

Pritzker is married to Susan Stowell Pritzker and they have four children: Joseph Benjamin "Joby" Pritzker (b. 1970); Regan Pritzker (b. 1972); Jacob Pritzker (b. 1982); and Isaac Pritzker (b. 1987).[14][1] They live in Nicasio, California.[15]


  1. ^ a b Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Nicholas Pritzker, II June 2016
  2. ^ a b c "Board Members". Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Business Week" (3747-3755): 96. 
  4. ^ "Guide to Private Fortunes, 1993". 1992: 437. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas Pritzker, II". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nicholas Pritzker II Net Worth". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Pritzker family donates $30 million to the University of Chicago". Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  8. ^ "#1195 Nicholas Pritzker, II.". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Nicholas J. Pritzker, J.D.". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tao Capital Partners". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College Press Conference" (PDF). Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Yates, Jon (June 25, 2003). "18 community funds to receive grants from Elgin casino". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Libra Foundation". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Forbes: "The fascinating life of Penny Pritzker (so far)" by Nina Easton June 2, 2014
  15. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Tiny Hamlet Wary of Hotelier's Plan for Big Family Compound" by Carol Pogash March 16, 2003