Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker

American billionaire, film producer and philanthropist
Country: USA

Biography of Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker, an American billionaire, film producer, and philanthropist, is a representative of the Jewish Pritzker family. She was born in 1962 in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother, Marion "Sydney" Friend, and father, Jay Pritzker, were both influential figures in their own right. Gigi is the granddaughter of Abram Nicholas Pritzker (A.N. Pritzker), and her maternal grandfather was Hugo Friend, who was born in Prague.

Gigi Pritzker

Jay Pritzker, along with his brothers Robert Pritzker and Donald Pritzker, founded the Marmon Group, a holding company in Chicago. The Pritzker brothers built a portfolio of more than 60 diversified industrial corporations and also established the Hyatt Hotel chain in 1957. They were also the owners of Braniff International Airways from 1983 to 1988. Over time, the Pritzker family sold off their assets. In 2006, their company Conwood, a smokeless tobacco manufacturer, was sold for $3.5 billion to Reynolds American Inc. The family sold their controlling stake in the Marmon Group to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $4.5 billion in 2007. In 2010, the Pritzkers sold a majority stake in TransUnion, a credit reporting company, to Madison Dearborn Partners, although the exact amount of the deal remains undisclosed.

Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker obtained her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Stanford University. She then co-founded the production company 'Odd Lot Entertainment' in Culver City, California, with her friend Deborah Del Prete. The financial company started producing movies, with notable films including "Rabbit Hole" (2010), starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, and "Drive" (2011), directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and featuring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. In November 2013, 'Odd Lot Entertainment' released the science fiction action film "Ender's Game," based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield.

In 2014, Gigi Pritzker produced the drama film "Draft Day" with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. She also co-produced the biographical film "Rosewater" with Gael Garcia Bernal. In 2015, she was involved in the financial and organizational control of the comedy film "Mortdecai" with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete served as producers for Dean Parisot's crime comedy film "The Lavender Hill Mob." In 2014, Gigi announced her intention to form a new film studio with her producing partner Robert Simonds, investment firm 'TPG Capital,' and the Chinese company 'Hony Capital.'

Apart from her involvement in the film industry, Gigi Pritzker is also involved in theater productions through her company 'Relevant Theatricals,' which she co-founded with her business partner Ted Rawlins. The company produced the play "Million Dollar Quartet." Gigi is the President and Trustee of the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and the Chicago Children's Theatre. She is married to Michael Pucker and has three children.

In 2014, Gigi and her husband donated a floor-standing sculpture called 'Healing Waters' to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. The unique hanging artwork consists of blue-green steel plates in a wave-like form, symbolizing the movement of water. It resembles kinetic art created by Alexander Calder.

As of 2014, Gigi Pritzker was ranked 249th in Forbes 400 list. According to Forbes' 2015 rankings, she was ranked 737th among the world's wealthiest individuals and 259th among the richest people in the United States.

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