With Lisa I. Goren Pritzker: Andrew Pritzker (b. 1991)
Jennifer Natalya Pritzker(born 1950) is an American investor, philanthropist, and member of thePritzker family. Pritzker retired as aLieutenant Colonelfrom theUnited States Armyin 2001, and was later made an honorary Colonel in theIllinois Army National Guard. Founder of the Tawani Foundation in 1995, Tawani Enterprises in 1996, and thePritzker Military Libraryin 2003, Pritzker has been devoted to civic applications of inherited and accrued wealth, including significant donations to broaden understanding and support for citizen soldiers.
In August 2013, Pritzker released a statement to individuals associated with two business and philanthropic organizations that subsequently received wide media coverage, indicating the change from J.N. to Jennifer Natalya to reflect her status as a transgender woman, making her the first and only transgender billionaire.
Born as James Nicholas Pritzker5toRobert Pritzkerand Audrey (ne Gilbert) Pritzker inChicago, Illinois.6She grew up as a member of theas the granddaughter of family patriarchA.N. Pritzker.6She has two siblings,Linda Pritzker(b. 1953) andKaren Pritzker Vlock(b. 1958).7Her parents divorced in 1979, and she has two half-siblings,Matthew PritzkerandLiesel Pritzker Simmons, from the remarriage of her father,Robert, to Irene Dryburgh in 1980.8(Her mother also remarried, toAlbert B. Ratnerin 1981).9
Pritzker says her most memorable experiences in life were in Israel in October 1973 when she witnessed events of theYom Kippur War.5Pritzker enlisted in theU.S. Armyon February 8, 1974, and served with the HQ Troop, and with the B Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, both in the82nd Airborne Divisionbased atFort Bragg, North Carolina, rising to the rank of Sergeant.5Pritzkers roles while enlisted included aviation repair parts clerk, rifleman, and fire team leader.
After completing military service in February 1977,5Pritzker enrolled atLoyola University of Chicago, majoring in history, and entered its ArmyReserve Officers Training Corpsprogram.5Pritzker graduated with a BA in History in May 1979, and received commission as an Army officer that same month.5
Pritzker first served with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Divisionbased atFort Campbell, Kentucky, with duty assignments that included leading rifle andTOWplatoons, and time in the Commandant Division, and the Anti-Armor School.5Pritzker served as a staff officer with theVII CorpsatKelley Barracks,citation neededin Germany, from 19841985.5Her active duty ended in 1985.10verification neededAfter 16 years in the Army Reserves andIllinois Army National Guard,11Pritzker retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel, in 2001.12After retiring, Pritzker was promoted to the honorary rank of Colonel in theIllinois Army National Guard.10bettersourceneeded
While serving,where?Pritzker was awardedwhen?theMeritorious Service Medal, theArmy Commendation Medalwith Oak Leaf Cluster, theArmy Achievement Medalwith Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, theArmy Reserve Components Achievement Medalwith 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, theNational Defense Service Medalwith Star, theAntarctic Service Medal, the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal, theArmed Forces Reserve Medalwith 20 year Device, theNCO Professional Development Ribbon, theArmy Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the State of Louisiana Legion of Merit, the State of Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the State of Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with Numeral 7, the U.S. ArmyParachute Badgeand theAir Assault Badge.10verification needed
Pritzker earned airborne badges from Israel, Russia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Great Britain,510verification neededas well as from Poland;10verification neededaccording to Steven Mrozek, Most memorable of these was a parachute jump at the North Pole with the Russians in 1993.5
Pritzker has founded or served with a number of business and philanthropic organizations. In 1996, she incorporated Tawani Enterprises, where she served as President and CEO,5a business entity with current stated purpose as a private wealth management company established to manage the personal wealth, philanthropic endeavors, and military interests of Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker.1314bettersourceneededInterests of the company include significant Chicago real estate holdings.15bettersourceneededIn 1995, Pritzker created the Tawani Foundation, and in 2003, she founded thePritzker Military Library, both dedicated to the understanding and support of the citizen soldier.1011In addition, Pritzker serves as Chairwoman of the Board of the Connecticut-based private equity firm Squadron Capital LLC, in which she has been identified a principle investor.11when?10bettersourceneeded16bettersourceneededFinally, Pritzker has served as Special Projects Director for theNational Strategy Forum,when?17as Chairman of the Board and co-owner ofNational Security Ltd.(19881995),verification needed18bettersourceneeded5and is active in number of further philanthropic enterprises.clarification needed5
In 2016, Jennifer Pritzker was presented the Bonham Centre Award from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, for her contributions to the advancement and education of issues around sexual identification.19
Jennifer Pritzkers father Robert, and his brothersJayandDonald, built and diversified a Chicago-based family business, theMarmon Group, into a holding company of more than 60 diverse industrial corporations;citation neededthey also created theHyatt Hotelchain in 1957, and ownedBraniff Airlinesfrom 19831988.1The family later began divesting of many of these assets. In 2006, the family sold Conwood, a smokeless tobacco company, for $3.5 billion to cigarette companyReynolds AmericanInc.20In 2007, the family sold a 60% stake, and sold control of the Marmon Group toBerkshire Hathawayfor $4.5 billion,1a sale that it completed in 2013.21bettersourceneededIn 2010, the family sold its majority stake inTransunion, the Chicago-based credit reporting company, to Chicago-based private-equity firmMadison Dearborn Partnersfor an undisclosed amount.20As a member of the Roberts line of thePritzker family, Jennifer Prizker has inherited and accumulated wealth that is estimated at US$1.7 billion.1
Pritzker created theTawani Foundationin 1995,22which aims to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the Citizen Soldier; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; to foster health and wellness projects for improved quality of life; and to honor the service of military personnel, past, present and future.2223In 2003, the Tawani Foundation made a $1.35 million donation to thePalm Centerat theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, to study the feasibility of transgender people serving in the military and in the ranks of police and fire departments.11In 2013, the Foundation donated $25 million toNorwich University, inNorthfield, Vermont, the school credited with developing and establishing the firstReserve Officers Training Corps(ROTC) program in the country.24So closely tied is this founder to the Foundation, that news reports of the Foundations gifts refer to Jennifer Pritzker and the Foundation, interchangeably, as being the donor (e.g., in the Norwich gift).24In 2016, through her Foundation, Pritzker gave a $2 million donation to create the worlds first endowed academic chair oftransgender studies, at theUniversity of Victoria in British ColumbiaAaron Devorwas chosen as the inaugural chair.25
Pritzker is a lifelongRepublican,2and major donor to candidates and organizations such as theNRAJohn McCain, andMitt Romney.34
Pritzker has a daughter from a first marriage, Tal Hava Pritzker, and two sons, Andrew (b. 1991) and William, from her marriage to Lisa I. Goren.51026As of 2014updateshe was divorced.271
On August 16, 2013, a statement was released to employees at Tawani Enterprises and the Pritzker Military Library indicating Pritzker to be the worlds firsttransgenderbillionaire;28the announcement read:
As of August 16, 2013, J. N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings.29
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