The File on Citadel’s Ken Griffin

He’s the billionaire founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel. He’s also a philanthropist, a political player, a benefactor of the arts—and a person with a penchant for privacy. So who exactly is Kenneth Cordele Griffin? We scoured public documents, financial records, and other sources to come up with the answer

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PROPERTIES
 

Properties illustration

Griffin’s Chicago residences have been in buildings known for luxury. After selling his place in Lake Point Tower, he now owns the penthouse in the Park Hyatt and a condominium in the same building that houses the Four Seasons Hotel. In the past two years, he has bought four out-of-state properties: a floor of a building overlooking New York’s Central Park; a mansion in Aspen; and a vacation home—as well as a separate parcel of land—on Hawaii’s Big Island. The combined cost of these four properties is comparable to the budget of the government of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

800 North Michigan Avenue, one of Griffin's properties

132 East Delaware Place
The Residences at 900 (North Michigan)
Unit bought 11/16/95 for $1.015 million
Assessed value: $1.3 million
Property tax: $19,971 paid in 2010

800 North Michigan Avenue, penthouse unit
Park Hyatt
Bought 8/2/00 for $6.9 million
Assessed value: $7.3 million
Property tax: $113,833 paid in 2010

820 Fifth Avenue
New York City
Unit bought 12/16/09 for $40 million

Mansion
Aspen, Colorado
Bought 7/8/09 for $13.25 million
Assessed value: $10.5 million

Vacation home
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Bought 3/4/10 for $13 million

Second Hawaiian property
Bought 6/29/09 for $11.375 million: two parcels of land totaling about 4.2 acres in the same resort complex as the Waiulu Street house

 

Photograph: (800 North Michigan) Todd Urban; Illustration: Lorenzo Petrantoni

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