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Tom Pritzker was born and raised in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Claremont Men’s College, an MBA and J.D. degree from the University of Chicago. Pritzker is Executive Chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H). He is also Chairman and CEO of The Pritzker Organization, the family’s historical merchant bank. Over his career he has been involved in acquiring and building companies in a number of different industries and a founder of 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 Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington DC and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He is also Chairman of the Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the Pritzker Architecture Prize and a member of the board of trustees at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. Pritzker is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pritzker is also an Honorary Professor of History at Sichuan University in China, and for the past 30 years has been leading archeological expeditions and publishing original research in the field of Western Himalayan history.