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Samuel Zell

Samuel ZellBorn: 28-Sep-1941
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Equity Office Properties billionaire

Ranked by Forbes as the world's 158th wealthiest individual, 2007. Sold his real estate business Equity Office Properties to Blackstone Group in 2007 for $36B. Beat out Eli Broad and Ronald W. Burkle at the auction of Tribune Co. in 2007, spending $315M to acquire a majority stake in the company. Under Zell's steady hand, Tribune Co. shed 4,200 jobs and filed for federal bankruptcy protection in December 2008.

Father: Bernard Zielonka (d.)
Mother: Rochelle Zell (d. 6-Sep-2000)
Sister: Julie Baskes (m. Roger S. Baskes)
Sister: Leah Wanger
Wife: (married and divorced twice, three children total)
Son: Matthew Zell (executive)

    University: BA, University of Michigan (1963)
    Law School: JD, University of Michigan Law School (1966)

    Equity Office Properties
    Tribune Co. CEO (2007-)
    Equity Residential Property Trust Founder (1993-)
    Great American Management & Investment Inc.
    Equity Finance and Management Company Founder (1969-)
    Yates Holleb and Michelson (1966-68)
    Member of the Board of Equity Residential (as Chairman, 1993-)
    Member of the Board of Tribune Co. (as Chairman 2007-)
    Member of the Board of Equity Office Properties Chairman (-2007)
    Member of the Board of Anixter (1984-, as Chairman, 1985-)
    Field Museum of Natural History Trustee
    Bill Bradley for President
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Every Republican is Crucial PAC
    Free and Strong America PAC
    Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee
    Friends of Joe Lieberman
    Friends of Senator D'Amato 1998 Committee
    George W. Bush for President
    John McCain 2008
    McCain 2000
    McCain-Palin Victory 2008
    McCain Victory Committee
    National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Chairman
    Obama for America $2,300 (26-Feb-2007)
    Progress for America Voter Fund
    Prosperity PAC
    Restore Our Future
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
    Straight Talk America
    Tom Delay Congressional Committee
    Polish Ancestry

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