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Abram Nicholas Pritzker

entrepreneur
Born: 1/6/1896
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.

Died: 2/8/1986

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Pritzker lived the American Dream. He graduated from Harvard Law School and worked for a time in the family's firm, Pritzker & Pritzker, before beginning with his brother Jack a business career that would launch a family empire. They invested in real estate and small companies, mostly around Chicago and amassing a considerable fortune. They shrewdly shielded their earnings from taxes through a series of trusts, which enabled them to distribute the money as they chose. Abram's philanthropic endeavors include funding the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Abram's sons, Jay, Robert, and Donald, continued to grow the family business, eventually buying the Hyatt House hotel in Los Angeles in 1957 and forming the cornerstone of their hotel chain. The business became known as the Marmon Group, and was diversified to include manufacturing concerns ranging from lumber to railroad box cars, and travel industry staples Braniff Airlines (owned 1983–88) and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Jack Nicholas Pritzker

entrepreneur
Born: 1/6/1904
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Died: 10/30/1979

Jay Arthur Pritzker

travel industry executive
Born: 8/26/1922
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.

Robert Alan Pritzker

travel industry executive
Born: 6/30/1926
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.

Donald Nicholas Pritzker

travel industry executive
Born: 10/31/1932
Birthplace: Chicago, Ill.
Died: 5/6/1972

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