Samuel Zell

Co-Founder at Equity Residential

Samuel Zell

Samuel Zell

Co-Founder at Equity Residential

Overview
Career Highlights

SZ Investments LLC
Tribune Media Co.
Covanta Energy Corporation

RelSci Relationships

6879

Number of Boards

25

Birthday

09/27/1941 - Chicago, IL, United States

Age

77

Number of Awards

19

Estimated Net Worth

$5B

Interests

Motorcycling, Racquetball, Skiing

Relationships
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President & Director at Erp Holding Co., Inc.

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Principal at Roselin Investments

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Commonwealth

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Telemat Ltd.

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Former Chief Operating Officer at Tribune Media Co.

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Managing Director-Equity Group Investments at Chai Trust Co LLC

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Residential

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Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer at Equity Group Investments LLC

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Director at Equity International Management LLC

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Executive Director at Zell Family Foundation

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Lizard Investors manages funds that seeks to generate long-term, risk-adjusted returns by investing mainly in the common stocks of companies of any size domiciled outside of the US or having substantial operations outside the US. Securities are identified using bottom-up analysis and independent research. The firm seeks to purchase reasonably priced securities of companies with sustainable business models and high barriers to entry; conservative balance sheets; management that understands capital allocation; good corporate governance; and a compelling valuation. Other characteristics may include beneficial macro-economic or thematic trends, pricing anomalies, insider buying, strong free cash flow, and management incentives designed to deliver superior returns to shareholders. Companies with local- or low-profile institutional ownership are preferred. Although the funds can invest in securities of companies of any size, the portfolio has historically been weighted toward small- and mid-cap names.Strategies used to protect capital or enhance returns may include out-of-the-money puts, hedging of currencies, ETFs, selling market indices, and holding cash. Lizard may use selective shorts in certain market conditions as an opportunistic investment tool. The firm may short individual securities based on the inverse characteristics listed above. Selling securities short is based on fundamental analysis, and will typically only be done when the investment team perceives that taking short positions will contribute to the portfolio's goals of income generation and capital preservation. Lizard monitors fund holdings to limit correlations across geographies, industries and sectors. They do not employ the use of leverage.

Sibling
Member, Board of Governors at American Jewish Committee

American Jewish Committee (AJC), established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity.Over 100 years later, AJC continues its efforts to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. AJC is an international think tank and advocacy organization that attempts to identify trends and problems early - and take action. Their key areas of focus are:•Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry;•Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values;•Supporting Israel's quest for peace and security;•Advocating for energy independence;•Strengthening Jewish life.In addition to its New York headquarters and Office of Government & International Affairs in Washington, AJC has 29 chapters and 3 independent affiliates in the U.S. and 8 overseas offices. In addition, AJC has 28 global partnerships.AJC's approach, tackling a breadth of interests in a deliberate and diplomatic manner, contributes to a success that gains trust, earns access, and, most importantly, produces results.

Child
Managing Director-Equity Group Investments at Chai Trust Co LLC

Chai Trust Co. makes significant investments in the energy, real estate, industrials, and information technology sectors.

Child
Sibling In Law
Principal at Lizard Investors LLC

Lizard Investors manages funds that seeks to generate long-term, risk-adjusted returns by investing mainly in the common stocks of companies of any size domiciled outside of the US or having substantial operations outside the US. Securities are identified using bottom-up analysis and independent research. The firm seeks to purchase reasonably priced securities of companies with sustainable business models and high barriers to entry; conservative balance sheets; management that understands capital allocation; good corporate governance; and a compelling valuation. Other characteristics may include beneficial macro-economic or thematic trends, pricing anomalies, insider buying, strong free cash flow, and management incentives designed to deliver superior returns to shareholders. Companies with local- or low-profile institutional ownership are preferred. Although the funds can invest in securities of companies of any size, the portfolio has historically been weighted toward small- and mid-cap names.Strategies used to protect capital or enhance returns may include out-of-the-money puts, hedging of currencies, ETFs, selling market indices, and holding cash. Lizard may use selective shorts in certain market conditions as an opportunistic investment tool. The firm may short individual securities based on the inverse characteristics listed above. Selling securities short is based on fundamental analysis, and will typically only be done when the investment team perceives that taking short positions will contribute to the portfolio's goals of income generation and capital preservation. Lizard monitors fund holdings to limit correlations across geographies, industries and sectors. They do not employ the use of leverage.

Spouse
Executive Director at Zell Family Foundation

Extended Family Member

AN INDEPENDENT JEWISH DAY SCHOOL COMMITTED TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, PROVIDING EACH STUDENT WITH A COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL AND JEWISH EDUCATION.

Education
JD
Class of 1966

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

BA
Class of 1963

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

Attendee

Graduates of Highland Park High School have been elected Governor of Texas, served as one of the nation’s astronauts, commanded the first Trident-class submarine launched by the United States, and distinguished themselves in fields ranging from medicine and law to the fine arts and journalism. Almost ninety years ago, the class of 1924 became the first graduating class of Highland Park High School, beginning a tradition of excellence and success at HPHS that is still valued today. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School and rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency every single year since the state accountability system began, HPHS is consistently ranked among the best schools in the nation. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report recognized HPHS as one of "America's Best High Schools." It has also been named a top school by such publications as Newsweek, Parade, Money, The Wall Street Journal, D Magazine, and Texas Monthly. Today approximately 2,000 students in grades nine through twelve attend Highland Park High School. In 2010, 16 HPHS students were named National Merit Finalists and 30 were named National Merit Commended students. HPHS students also earned an average SAT composite score of 1762 and an average ACT composite score of 26.3 in 2009. In addition, the Class of 2009 was offered over $18 million in college scholarships and earned 66,107 community service hours. HPHS has one of the most comprehensive Advanced Placement offerings in the Southwest at the heart of its college preparatory program. In 2010, 1,043 Highland Park High School students submitted 2,773 AP exams, with 64% scoring “3” or higher. You will find not only superior academic achievement at HPHS, but also the desire and ability to excel in music, drama, journalism, athletics, arts and other fields. More than half of the students at Highland Park participate on school athletic teams, and approximately 80% of HPHS students are active in extracurricular activities. In 2005, Sports Illustrated named the HPHS athletics program #1 in Texas and the 16th best high school athletics program in the country. HPHS students continue to excel after graduation as well, with approximately 97% of each year's graduates enrolling in colleges and universities. The HPHS Mission Statement reads: “The mission of Highland Park High School is to provide an environment which will enable students to develop and to continue the lifelong academic, cultural and physical aspects of learning in order to foster visionary individuals who strive toward excellence with a sense of global and technological awareness and who will go forth to serve the community and world as responsible citizens.” Even today, HPHS students continue to live out our school motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve."

Memberships
Member

Alpha Epsilon Pi (??? or AEPi), the global Jewish college fraternity, has 166 active chapters in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Israel with a membership of over 9,000 undergraduates. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values

Career History
Co-Founder
1999 - Current

Equity International (EI) co-invests with outstanding operating partners in high-growth opportunities outside the United States. We add value beyond our capital in a number of ways, delivering institutional credibility, best practices, a commitment to the highest corporate standards, a unique operating perspective and an active participation style that transforms our portfolio companies into industry leaders. As a result, EI is recognized as a partner of choice. EI was founded by Sam Zell in 1999 to capitalize on the vast, untapped real estate opportunities in emerging and frontier markets.

Co-Founder
1993 - Current

Equity Residential operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the acquisition, development, and management of rental apartment properties. The company was founded by Robert H. Lurie and Sam Zell in March 1993 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Founder, Chairman
Current

Equity Group Investments focuses primarily on investments in the real estate sector, homebuilding, retail, warehousing, distribution, office, hospitality, self-storage, senior living and specialty finance sectors. The firm specializes in buyouts, distressed and turnaround investments in large companies.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current

Established in 1998, the REIT Center provides a forum for the study the and analysis of publicly-traded REITs and other real estate operating companies and the related corporatization, securitization, and consolidation trends that are transforming the real estate industry nationally and globally. The Center’s goal is to serve as a sponsor for research, discussion, and analysis; an educational center for conferences and symposia for professionals and students; and a forum for leading thinkers from all sectors and professions in the industry to gather in order to exchange and to develop ideas. Among other activities, the Center sponsors an influential annual conference on REITs and a White Paper series. New York University’s proximity to Wall Street creates an exciting focus for the Center as we seek to complement and to work with existing industry groups and trade associations with similar interests. The mission of the Center is to fulfill a need for in-depth study and analysis in an objective academic setting and thereby, to enhance the work of other groups.

Chairman
2002 - 2005

Rewards Network, Inc. engages in the provision of restaurant business intelligence services. It offers financing and marketing solutions to restaurant industry. The company was founded in September 1984 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Director
1983 - 1993
President, Board of Directors
Current
Member of the Visitor's Committee
Tenure Unconfirmed

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1M +
2015

Ounce of Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization, which provides care and education to children who were born in poverty. It offers childhood education, research, and program models that focus on the physical, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age of five. The company was founded by Irving B. Harris in 1982 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

$150K +
2015

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891. The ensemble makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. The CSO is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five".

$5,000 - $10K
2015

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public. It was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879. The permanent college has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,00 works of arts in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.

Political Donations
$2,700
2018

Senator at Office of the Senator from North Dakota, Kevin Cramer

$2,700
2018

Senator at Office of the Senator from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn

$2,700
2018

Senator from South Carolina

Investments
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Breakthrough Products, Inc. develops and sells over-the-counter medications. Its products include medications for head ache, heart burn, allergy attack, ache and pain, and upset stomach in the form of powders. The company was founded by Jordan Eisenberg in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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Awards & Honors
Rank #324
2017
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #117
2016
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Rank #298
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Events
Speaker
University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference

Speaker
Tiger 21 Headliner Series

The TIGER 21 Headliner Series is a premier speaking venue that attracts some of the world’s most prominent thought leaders.

Speaker
Chicago, IL, United States
Invest for Kids-Chicago's Investable Ideas Conference

The Invest For Kids conference is the Chicago investment event of the year. It includes presentations from an elite group of successful investment managers, many of whom do not share their ideas publicly. The speakers have generously agreed to present their best investable ideas in an effort to help kids in Chicago. Invest For Kids is a unique forum that brings together portfolio managers, family offices, private investors and analysts to learn about strategies and specific investment ideas from a leading group of investment managers.

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