J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Founder of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Pritzker has been focused on building Chicago’s ecosystem for technology entrepreneurs. He was appointed the founding chairman of ChicagoNEXT, the mayor’s council on innovation and technology, and he founded 1871, Chicago’s digital startup center. He was instrumental in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the seed fund Chicago Ventures, the accelerator Techstars Chicago and the online community BuiltInChicago.org.
With his wife M.K., he leads the Pritzker Family Foundation. He led the campaign to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and is one of the nation's leading supporters of high quality early childhood education.