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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Griffin first appeared in Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest Americans in 2003. He has made the list every year since.

A graph of Griffin's wealth ranking via Forbes magazine



The magazine AR analyzes the personal earnings of hedge fund heads annually. (This list first ran in the magazine Alpha, which merged with Absolute Return to become AR.) Griffin has frequently appeared near the top of the list of biggest earners—and once at the top of the list of the biggest losers, for Citadel’s disastrous 2008.

A graph of Griffin's wealth ranking via AR magazine




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