CHICAGO – A Chicago billionaire and businessman says he is ready to transfer his business out of Chicago mainly because of the crime.
Ken Griffin operates the Citadel hedge fund and Citadel Securities, with headquarters on South Dearborn Road. But now, Griffin is on the lookout to expand his existing workplaces in New York and Florida.
In an job interview Thursday with Bloomberg, Griffin says if issues do not adjust, the organization is relocating. He has formerly expressed his aggravation with the violence in Chicago.
Griffin recently donated $25 million to support finance a new University of Chicago Crime Lab program on policing and general public safety coaching.
In early May possibly, Griffin donated an additional $25 million to Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin’s Republican gubernatorial bid. The hedge-fund founder last contributed $20 million to Irvin’s marketing campaign in February.
Irvin is making an attempt to survive a 6-candidate Republican major race that could eventually pit Griffin’s billions towards the fortune of one more billionaire, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
In mid-January, Pritzker donated $90 million to his marketing campaign fund, with some of the money now funneled to other Democratic companies in the point out.
Pritzker expended $171 million of his have revenue to conquer previous Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018, a race in which Griffin backed Rauner.
And the bad blood amongst the billionaires has only retained boiling due to the fact Griffin put in extra than $50 million to defeat Pritzker’s graduated cash flow tax constitutional amendment in 2020.
Last November — months in advance of Irvin even entered the race — Griffin pledged to go “all in” to guidance a prospect who can beat the Democratic incumbent. Democrats solid it as an attempt to “finance Bruce Rauner 2..”
Griffin is Illinois’ richest person, according to Forbes, with a fortune approximated at $26.7 billion. Pritzker’s internet worthy of is approximated at $3.6 billion.
Solar-Moments Media Wire contributed to this report.