Thomas J. Pritzker

Chairman, CSIS Board of Trustees

Tom Pritzker was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a B.A. from Claremont Men’s College and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Pritzker is chairman and CEO of The Pritzker Organization, the family’s historical merchant bank. He is also executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and serves on the board of directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Over his career he has been involved in acquiring and building mature companies in a number of different industries and founding significant companies in the fields of container leasing (Triton), biotech (Bay City Capital), and health care (Reliant Pharmaceuticals and First Health). Outside of business, Pritzker is chairman of the board of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He has also organized the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium, which is a collaborative research effort into the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders. Pritzker is an honorary professor of history at Sichuan University in China and for the past 30 years has been leading archeological expeditions in the Western Himalayas. He has recently been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.