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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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Chocolate milkshake

The New York Times reported in October that Griffin was one of the attendees of a secretive conference in Aspen, Colorado, put on by Koch Industries, an energy and manufacturing company run by the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. Politico says the purpose of the conference was to raise money for “the institutions that form the intellectual foundation—and, increasingly, the leading political edge—of the conservative movement.”

In November 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported that Griffin occasionally sends his driver to bring back milk shakes from LeDuc’s Frozen Custard in Wales, Wisconsin.

Portfolio reported in 2007 that during their courtship, Anne told Ken that she outgrew the impressionist movement as a teenager. Then she visited Ken’s apartment and saw his impressionist collection. The surprise became a running joke.

An article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1986 described the 17-year-old Griffin’s software distribution company, EDCOM, which sold discounted educational software to college professors. Griffin avoided revealing his age when buying and selling. “Do you think anyone would trust their product line to a 17-year-old kid?” he told the paper.


Photograph: Jim Shackton


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