Chicagoans Make List of World’s Billionaires in 2015

From Michael Jordan to the Pritzker family, here are billionaires with Chicago ties named to Forbes World's Billionaires List for 2015.

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Ken Griffin, hedge funds investor
n2015 Rank: #216
nNet Worth: $6.5 billion
The Chicago resident began trading in his Harvard dorm room during the 1980s before founding the successful Chicago-based global hedge fund firm Citadel LLC. Griffin's local presence extends to philanthropic donations to institutions such as the Art Institute and a five-year term on the University of Chicago's Board of Trustees.
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George Lucas, director/producer
n2015 rank: #309
nNet worth: $5 billion
Known as the father of Star Wars, Lucas built his fortune by securing toy rights to the franchise in addition to founding his production company Lucasfilm. Lucas' ties to the city extend beyond his marriage to Chicago-native and Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson -- he has donated $25 million to non-profit organization After School Matters and has plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the lakefront.
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Sam Zell, entrepreneur and investor
n2015 rank: #318
nNet worth: $4.9 billion
The Chicago native and Highland Park High School alum is best known for his real estate business but holds investments across public markets. At various points in his career, Zell owned the Cubs and sponsored the going-private transaction of the Tribune Company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy under his chairmanship.
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Karen Pritzker, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #381
nNet worth: $4.3 billion
As part of the 11 Chicago-based Pritzker billionaires, Karen's main source of wealth is inheritance. She and her husband have invested in shares of Apple and made major donations to Yale.
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Donald Trump, entrepreneur and TV personality
n2015 rank: #405
nNet worth: $4.1 billion
Although his primary residence is in New York City, Donald Trump's International Hotel and Tower in Chicago caused a stir upon branding his infamous name onto the building.
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J. Christopher Reyes
n2015 rank: #418
nNet worth: $3.9 billion
J. Christopher Reyes and his brother Jude run global food and beer distribution conglomerate Reyes Holdings. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater Company and the Lyric Opera.
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J.B. Pritzker, venture capitalist
n2015 rank: #512
nNet worth: #3.4 billion
In addition to being an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, J.B. Pritzker helps run The Pritzker Group, a private equity and venture capital firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.
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Oprah Winfrey, entrepreneur and TV personality
n2015 rank: #603
nNet worth: $3 billion
In addition to Chicago-based daytime television staple the Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah has created a media brand of her own with movie imprint Harpo Films and cable network OWN.
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Neil Bluhm (left), real estate mogul
n2015 rank: #603
nNet worth: $3 billion
Despite growing up in a cramped Chicago apartment, Bluhm now owns some of the city's and the nation's most prominent buildings. In Chicago alone, he owns the Ritz, Four Seasons and property along Michigan Avenue.
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Edward Lampert (left), hedge fund manager
n2015 rank: #628
nNet worth: $3 billion
Lampert took over as CEO of Sears in 2013 and played a role in merging Kmart and Sears Roebuck in 2005.
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Bill Wrigley, Jr., CEO
n2015 rank: #714
nNet worth: $2.6 billion
Ever since Bill Wrigley sold his family's famous chewing gum company to Mars Candy for $23 billion in 2008, he has largely stayed out of the spotlight. His grandfather P.K. Wrigley owned the Chicago Cubs.
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Patrick Ryan, insurance investor
n2015 rank: #714
nNet worth: $2.6 billion
In addition to his insurance company Ryan Specialty Group, Ryan is a part owner of the Chicago Bears and led the city's failed bid for the 2016 Olympics.
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Gigi Pritzker (left), investor and heiress
n2015 rank: #737
nNet worth: $2.5 billion
An heir to the Chicago Pritzker family fortune, Gigi owns the Oddlot Entertainment product company.
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Penny Pritzker, hotel investor and politician
n2015 rank: #737
nNet worth: $2.5 billion
As an heir to the Pritzker family fortune, Penny's inheritance includes the Hyatt Hotel fortune. She has also been a U.S. Commerce Secretary since June 2013.
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Ty Warner, entrepreneur
n2015 rank: #782
nNet worth: $2.4 billion
The creator of Beanie Babies toys is an Oak Brook resident who has been convicted of tax evasion. He expanded into hotels in the 2000s.
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Joe Mansueto, investment research
n2015 rank: #847
nNet worth: $2.2 billion
The Chicago resident's Morningstar was the first to offer investment analysis at a reasonable price. He is also an investor in Chicago media company Wrapports and donated $25 million to his alma mater the University of Chicago.
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Josephine Louis, SC Johnson Heir
n2015 Rank: #847
nNet Worth: $2.2 billion
nJosephine Louis, who lives in Winnetka, is one of the heirs to the SC Johnson family fortune. Her husband, John Jeffry Louis, Jr., was the son of Henrietta Johnson Louis, the granddaughter of Samuel Curtis Johnson, who founded the company in 1886.
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John Pritzker, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #847
nNet worth: $2.2 billion
John eventually became a Hyatt executive after learning about the hotel business from his famous Chicago-based family. The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, run by his wife, supports causes such as children's and adolescent health and education.
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Daniel Pritzker, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #847
nNet worth: $2.2 billion
A Pritzker heir, Daniel owns a 6% stake of hotel chain Hyatt. He is currently writing and directing a second jazz biopic on Buddy Bolden.
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Joe Grendys, meat industry
n2015 rank: #1006
nNet worth: $2 billion
A graduate of Loyola University, Grendys is a billionaire butcher who runs a $3 billion poultry processor under the brands Koch Foods, Antioch Farms, Preferred Foods and Rogers Royal.
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Mark Walter, Guggenheim Partners CEO
n2015 Rank: #1006
nNet Worth: $1.9 billion
nMark Walter is a founder and chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, which has headquarters in Chicago and New York. He is also the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Linda Pritzker, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #1054
nNet worth: $1.8 billion
Although an heir to the Chicago-based Pritzker fortune, Linda has no involvement with family enterprises and is building a Tibetan Buddhist retreat in rural Montana.
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Jennifer Pritzker, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #1054
nNet worth: $1.8 billion
Jennifer Pritzker is the world's only known transgender billionaire after she announced her transition to life as a woman in 2013. She is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who founded the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago in 2003.
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Eric Lefkofsky, chairman of Groupon
n2015 rank: #1173
nNet worth: $1.7 billion
Lefkofsky took over as CEO of Chicago-based Groupon in August 2013. With Groupon cofounder Brad Keywell, he bought 10% of the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago.
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Nicholas Pritzker, II, hotel investor and heir
n2015 rank: #1250
nNet worth: $1.5 billion
Nicholas was the head of the Pritzker family's Hyatt new hotel development efforts for many years, but has been retired since 2009.
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Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox
n2015 rank: #1415
nNet worth; $1.3 billion
Reinsdorf bought the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox in the 1980s. He has lived in Chicago since he attended Northwestern Law School in 1957.
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Michael Krasny, Computer Discount Warehouse Founder
n2015 Rank: #1415
nNet Worth: $1.3 billion
nHighland Park resident Michael Krasny founded Computer Discount Warehouse in 1984 before retiring from its leadership 2011. The company sold in 2007 for $7.3 billion. Krasny, a University of Illinois graduate, is also listed as president of Sawdust Investment Management Corp.
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Michael Jordan, athlete and entrepreneur
n2015 Rank: #1741
nNet Worth: $1 billion
nArguably basketball's greatest player, Chicago Bulls' five-time MVP expanded his role in the basketball world when he became a majority shareholder in the Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan's deals don't stop with Nike's $1 billion-grossing Brand Jordan -- he still has deals with Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck.
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