| Share

Abram Nicholas Pritzker

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

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

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

More on Abram Nicholas Pritzker from Infoplease:

  • N - R - N - R Ralph Nader Jacques Necker Arthur Negus Walter Loomis Newberry John Newbery Montagu Collet, ...
  • January 6 Birthdays: Carl Sandburg - January 6 birthdays: Carl Sandburg, Tom Mix, Rowan Atkinson, Nancy Lopez, Danny Thomas, Loretta Young, Heinrich Schliemann, Abram Nicholas Pritzker, Khalil Gibran, E L Doctorow
  • Selected Biographies: P - Selected biographies of well-known people and fictional characters

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring