Kenneth Griffin: Founder of Award Winning Hedge Foundation

Kenneth C. Griffin is a 46 year old born in Dayton Beach, Florida and is a manager at America Hedge Fund. The father of two who lives in Chicago is the founder as well as CEO of Citadel, which has interests in global investment on Citadel is world’s largest alternative investment of managing firm. Alongside its group of hedge funds, it has ranked among the world’s short list of successful hedge funds. His company, Citadel, offers liquidity services in America Capital markets and has a product called Citadel Technology which offers investment management technology solutions. Citadel is estimated to have invested over $25 billion in investment as of March 2015. Griffin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in arts. He supports educational causes actively that are meant to improve communities and serves in the board of directors of Chicago Public Education Fund.

In 2012, Forbes magazine identified Ken Griffin as the most paid hedge fund managers, and this saw him enter the Forbes 400 the same year. In 2014, he ranked 103rd boasting a net worth of $5.5 billion. He broke records by donating $2.5 million to help Rauner in his campaigns against Pat Qin. In total, he has contributed $3.57 million to Raunner’s campaigns. Currently, according to Forbes may 2015 reports, Griffin is estimated to be worth $6.6 billion. The increase in his worth and valuation was as result of Citadel’s main hedge fund posting an increase of 13% returns in the first eight months of 2015.
Griffins in 2015 made a $150 million donation to Harvard University. It was meant to finance aid programs at the institution and his own Alma Mater. This was the biggest single donation ever made to Harvard University. In a move to recognize the historic donation, the institution named its Financial Aid Office as Ken Griffin ’89 in his honor. At the event, Griffin offered to support another 200 scholars. He is known to have made started making donations to Harvard University to support scholarly causes since 1991 through the Griffin Foundation. Currently, the foundation the best and brightest students in Harvard and drives them to achieving excellent and extraordinary goals.

His Company Citadel received an award for being in top 10 Best Workplaces in financial services in March 2015. He is an entrepreneur credited with engineering and implementing a collaborative culture in work areas as well providing perks to employees such as fitness programs, museum tours, free lunch and personal gifts. Everybody dreams to work in such environment if not being able to this to others. In his active participation and support for education, he featured in the 2015 edition of Milken Institute Global Conference. He is also a member of several numerous organizations like G 100, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and Economic Club of Chicago. Griffin supports cultural institutions to preserve American culture and history like Chicago Civic and Cultural Institutions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum and Art Institute of Chicago.

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