Armed with a fax machine, a personal computer and a telephone, Kenneth Griffin started trading from his Harvard dorm room in 1987. From this modest but ambitious beginning, Griffin caught the attention of hedge-fund pioneer and co-founder of Chicago-based Glenwood Partners, Frank Meyer. Griffin’s performance earned him the opportunity to establish what would one day become Citadel.
Mr. Griffin founded Citadel in 1990 and is the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. A diverse financial institution, the Citadel group includes Citadel, an industry-leading alternative asset manager; Citadel Securities, one of the leading liquidity providers in America’s capital markets; and Citadel Technology, a solutions provider for investment management technology. More than 1,250 team members work for Citadel worldwide today.
Griffin is an active supporter of educational causes that drive community improvement. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund. Mr. Griffin is also a proud supporter of his alma mater Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Mr. Griffin’s benefactions to improve and enrich the lives of others have totaled more than $250 million through personal contributions as well as through the Citadel Foundation. Most notably, he has contributed to the University of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and the Art Institute. He also donated $150MM in financial aid support to Harvard, the largest gift the college ever received at the time.
Mr. Griffin is a member of numerous business organizations, including the Economic Club of Chicago, G100 and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Mr. Griffin actively supports Chicago’s civic and cultural institutions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum and the University of Chicago.