Ken Griffin

ken-griffin-citadel-investment-groupBllionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin scored a legal victory in his divorce case when a Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that his wife may no longer insist she signed their prenuptial agreement under duress after visiting a psychologist with her husband-to-be. The ruling is a setback for Anne Dias Griffin. One of her lawyers said in court Wednesday that striking the visit would make it difficult for her to make her case that she was coerced into signing the prenuptial agreement. Many of the court filings of Dias Griffin, who has been trying to have their 2003 prenuptial agreement declared invalid, have pointed to a therapy session two days before her wedding that she has said led her to sign the prenuptial agreement. The therapist sided with Griffin, Dias Griffin said in filings, telling Dias Griffin that she was being difficult. [Chicago Tribune]

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 »

Back in July, Chicago, Wall Street, and the universe, really, were rocked by the prospect of Citadel founder Ken Griffin losing his title as World’s Richest Illinoisan, following the news that he and his wife were getting divorced. For those who haven’t been following the story, a quick refresh:

* July 23, 2014: Ken’s lawyers serve Anne with divorce papers.
* July 23, 2014, later that day: Anne’s lawyer says in a statement that Ken “unilaterally filed a divorce petition…with no notice to either me or my client, knowing full well that she had just left for summer vacation with their three young children and would therefore be unable to respond.”
* July 24, 2014: Ken’s lawyers preemptively put it out there that the couple’s prenup is: “…valid, binding and enforceable…”
* September 2, 2014: Anne Dias Griffin says fuck you and fuck your prenup; says through a lawyer she wants it voided; claims that Ken sprung the prenup on her three days before their wedding, then got her to sign it by suggesting the two see a therapist while failing to mention he was already a patient of said therapist.
* September 3, 2014: Re: allegations by Anne that he’s an absentee father, Ken brings out the big guns: “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.”

Which brings us to today. From Ken’s camp, there’s the news that Anne’s already received a sizable chunk of change over the course of their marriage. From Anne’s, it’s that Ken’s changed the locks on their many vacations homes and maybe threatened to take a wrecking ball to their Chicago penthouse? 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 »