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Ken Griffin

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Ken Griffin

Founder and CEO, Citadel
Ken Griffin

Kenneth C. Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, a global alternative investment firm. Ken began trading from his dorm room at Harvard in 1987, installing a satellite dish on the roof to receive real-time stock quotes. Three years later, he founded Citadel. Today, the firm is recognized as one of the most successful alternative investment firms in the world, investing on behalf of capital partners that include preeminent public, private and non-profit institutions. In 2002, the team at Citadel established Citadel Securities, now one of the leading market markers in the world. Citadel Securities has been at the forefront of the modernization of markets and market structures, which has delivered enormous benefits to investors globally. Its institutional business serves more than 1,600 clients, including many of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds and central banks. Over the past two decades, Citadel Securities has advocated for and created more open, transparent, competitive, and resilient markets, both in the US and abroad. Ken is Non-Executive Chairman of Citadel Securities. Ken has contributed more than $1 billion philanthropically in recent years, including catalytic giving to expand access to high-quality education at every level, advance medical research, reduce recidivism and violent crime, enhance public spaces and support our country’s world-renowned cultural institutions. Ken holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.