J. B. Pritzker
|43rd Governor of Illinois|
|Assumed office |
January 14, 2019
|Preceded by||Bruce Rauner|
Jay Robert Pritzker
January 19, 1965
Atherton, California, U.S.
Mary Muenster (m. 1993)
|Relatives||See Pritzker family|
|Education||Duke University (BA)|
Northwestern University (JD)
|Net worth||US$3.5 billion (Jan. 2018)|
Jay Robert "J. B." Pritzker (born January 19, 1965) is an American venture capitalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and private business owner based in Chicago. He is the 43rd and current Governor of Illinois, and has been serving since 2019. He is running for re-election in 2022.
Pritzker was managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that operates middle-market service and industrial companies and invests in digital technology companies. He is a member of the Pritzker family, and has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion. This makes Pritzker the richest officeholder in the country.
He ran as the Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Illinois in the 2018 election against Governor Bruce Rauner. His running mate was state legislator Juliana Stratton. Pritzker beat Rauner in the election in a landslide victory of 52% to 39%. His tenure as governor has been known for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois.
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- Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker" Retrieved January 25, 2018.
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- "Meet the Billionaire Who Just Dethroned Donald Trump as America's Richest Politician". Money. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
- Pearson, Rick. "J.B. Pritzker joins Illinois governor race, facing big Democratic field to take on Rauner". chicagotribune.com. Archived from the original on 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-08-21.