Ken Griffin

ken griffinKen Griffin, the founder of Chicago investment firm Citadel and Illinois’ richest man, has listed his three-bedroom, 2,494-square-foot condominium on North Michigan Avenue for $1.4 million. Griffin, who is in the midst of a contentious divorce from his wife Anne Dias Griffin, owns a penthouse condominium on the 67th floor of the nearby Park Tower that has been his primary residence since he bought it in 2000 for $6.9 million. In 2012, Griffin expanded his domain by paying $15 million to buy a 7,900-square-foot unit on the 66th floor of the Park Tower, Chicago’s priciest-ever condo sale. The three-bedroom unit that Griffin placed on the market Monday is on the 54th floor of a different tower on North Michigan Avenue. He paid $1.02 million for it in late 1995, according to public records. [Chicago Tribune]

  • 23 Oct 2014 at 10:00 AM

Ken Griffin Introduces The Concept Of His Divorce Voice

It's The Griffins!As those of you keeping up with the conscious uncoupling of Kenneth Griffin and his soon-to-be ex-wife Anne Dias Griffin know, both the Citadel founder and his bride have been playing the hardest of ball re: marital assets, reputations, etc, since he filed for divorce over the summer, maintaining, through their attorneys, that each other can suck it. For her part, Anne has alleged that Ken:

  • Surprised her divorce papers while she was on vacation with their three children
  • Had a couple’s therapist he was seeing on his own convince her to sign a pre-nup
  • Is an absentee father
  • Changed the locks on their houses
  • “…threatened to demolish part of the family’s primary Chicago residence”

In response, Ken has:

  • Reminded Anne about the time he dressed up “as Spider-Man for a school Halloween party and as a prince for a daughter’s birthday party”
  • Reiterated that if Anne thinks she’s getting a dime more the prenup stipulates, she oughta think again

…and most recently, said in court filings that 1. Use of his private jet is privilege, not a right and 2. What she might have interpreted as terrifying verbal abuse was simply how he talks when he’s divorcing someone and not cause for alarm. Read more »

Ken Griffin Not Distracted By Matters Of The Heart/Wallet

The Citadel multi-tasking chief isn’t just waging war against his soon-to-be ex-wife. He’s also adding to his (and his clients’) fortune, one month at a time. Read more »

Ken Griffin Is Not Harvard’s Favorite Alumnus Anymore

For a few months, Ken Griffin reigned as Harvard’s greatest fairy godmother, writer of the largest check in the nearly 400-year history of the world’s richest university. No more: A Hong Kong property developer has done the Citadel founder two-and-a-third times better, handing the Harvard School of Public Health $350 million, allowing his father to join John F. Kennedy as the only people to have schools at Harvard named for them, while Griffin has had to settle for the undergraduate financial aid office. Read more »

Along with sole custody, Ms. Griffin wants to “permanently remove the children to New York City, where the family has a residence.” Mr. Griffin filed a motion late last week seeking more access to his children. A source close to Mr. Griffin called the father of three a devoted dad who’s been known to dress as Spider-Man for a school Halloween party and as a prince for a daughter’s birthday party that had a princess theme. And he’s a familiar face at the Lab School, where his two oldest children attend, the source said. [Chicago Business, earlier]

  • 02 Sep 2014 at 6:12 PM

OH NO HE DI’INT: Ken Griffin Divorce Edition

Back in July, after he filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, we noted that Ken Griffin’s title as World’s Richest Illinoisan was in peril. In light of the fact that even if Anne Dias Griffin took half, the Citadel founder would still be worth over $1 billion, this comment may have seemed a tad dramatic. Following today’s report that Anne wants their prenuptial agreement voided, though, and is clearly playing the hardest of ball, it doesn’t seem dramatic in the slightest. She’s going after him for everything, and if the idea of her demanding not just cash, homes, and art but the keys to the hedge fund sounds laughable than laugh it up! Also, if the (soon-to-be-ex-) Mrs. needs any pointers on playing dirty, she (allegedly!) needn’t look far. Read more »

A federal appeals court found that making Goldman angry is not a violation of federal law, freeing poor old Sergey so that he could face the same charges in state court. But making Ken Griffin angry? That’s a whole other story—one that could involve 20 years in prison for a plucky 26-year-old programmer who Citadel politely asked to stop downloading its secret sauce onto personal hard drives, but who kept doing it anyway. Read more »