October 4, 2021

Kenneth C. Griffin

Founder & CEO / Citadel

Kenneth C. Griffin addressed the Club on October 4, 2021, for an in-person luncheon. Griffin shared his perspective on topics including the future of finance, the current political landscape, the role of philanthropy, American competitiveness and the biggest challenges facing our global economy. The conversation was moderated by Bloomberg TV Correspondent Erik Schatzker.

I wish we saw more people in Washington who when elected thought of America first.

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Ken Griffin on why he is invested in U.S. politics.


Ken Griffin

Founder & CEO / Citadel

Kenneth C. Griffin is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel. Founded in 1990, Citadel is recognized as one of the most successful and respected alternative investment firms in the world. In 2002, Ken and his partners established Citadel Securities. Citadel Securities is one of the largest global markers, providing liquidity to institutional and retail investors in more than 35 countries around the world. Over the past two decades, Citadel Securities has transformed global financial markets, making them more open, transparent and resilient. In addition to appearing on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people, Ken was an inaugural inductee into Institutional Investor’s Hedge Fund Hall of Fame and has received lifetime achievement awards from both Institutional Investor and Risk magazine. Ken is committed to driving upward mobility through economic and educational opportunities. He is particularly focused on the challenges of urban education and has dramatically increased internet accessibility for students in the United States through groundbreaking initiatives to bridge the digital divide. In Chicago, Ken serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago and the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund.


Eric Schatzker

TV Correspondent / Bloomberg

Erik Schatzker is a New York based correspondent focused on high-profile events and interviews including for Bloomberg’s “Front Row.” Over two decades Schatzker has covered everything from technology to commodities in postings and on assignments around the world. Today his main focus is on Wall Street, and he speaks regularly with the most powerful executives in banking and top money managers inclduing BlackRock’s Larry Fink, Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman, Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein and Citigroup’s Michael Corbat. Schatzker also reports live from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles.