A renowned mathematician with connections to the White House (Obama named him to the National Science Board last April), the erudite Zimmer oversees a $3 billion budget at the Midwest’s most prestigious university. But his reach extends beyond academics: He sits on the governing boards of Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, and he’s ushering through a revitalization of Hyde Park, which in 2013 will get an 80,000-square-foot retail complex, a 12-story office tower, and a Hyatt Hotel.
RELATED: Most Powerful Ex-Chicagoans | Power Couples | Power Siblings | Up-and-Comers | Poll: Which Powerful Chicagoan Would You Call Back First? | Quiz: Do You Know Chicago’s Power Players? | Back to all 100
Photograph: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune
2 days ago