Kenneth Griffin is a business executive and investment expert. He is the founder and CEO of Citadel, a privately owned investment manager. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income and exemplified and dynamic American capital marketing. Ken Griffin leads Citadel in offering investment consultancy services to their large client base composed of Non-profit firms, Corporations, Government, individuals and any other entity. He was born on 15th October 1968 at Daytona Beach, Florida. He pursued a degree in economics at Harvard University. His interest in the field of investment begun shortly after joining campus; after reading a Forbes magazine article. During his second year, he begun a hedge fund focused on convertible bond arbitrage.
Mr. Ken Griffin on wsj is an active philanthropist and he supports educational causes that enhance community improvement. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund. Being alumni of Harvard College, he supports financially challenged undergraduate student and offered $150 million to the University in February 2014. This was the largest gift the University as ever received, as a sign of recognition; it proceeded to rename its Financial Aid Office in his honor. The setting up and opening of Woodlawn High School, a new charter school in Chicago was funded and supported by the Griffins and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also made a name in the world of donation and in 2014 campaign; he broke records of political donation by assigning a check of $2.5 million to Rauner who clinched the Pat Quinn Governor’s sit in the November’s election. Various Chicago civic and cultural institutions enjoy a lot of his support, he sit in the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and University of Chicago.
In the business community, Mr. Griffin is an active member of Economic Club of Chicago, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and G100. Mr. Griffin is a talented and versatile person, and his firm makes investments in the stock of companies operating across dynamic sectors. The company makes its fixed income investments in government bonds and Mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Griffin is a respectable and influential person in the field of financial regulations and market structure, he has proceeded to testify at various government hearings throughout his career. In one of the U.S. Senate Committee hearing, he strongly advocated for the need of industry regulations keeping up with changes in the market structure to increase the fairness and the resilience of American Equity Markets.
He has been an activist for the U.S. market and has been on the forefront in criticizing firms that involve themselves in dubious activities, Wall Street is one of the firms that have experienced his wrath. Griffin is a force to reckon in the world of collection and patronage of art. He acquired a Paul Cezanne painting of Curtain, Jug and Fruit Bowl in 1999 at a record price of $60 million. Griffin has been able to attract admiration from employees, clients and Citadel LLC competitors.