Christopher G. Kennedy

American businessman

Christopher George Kennedy (born July 4, 1963) is an American businessman. He is Chair of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.[1] He is a son of former U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy family. Kennedy served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Illinois from 2009 to 2015.[2] Until April 2012, he was also president of Merchandise Mart Properties, a commercial property management firm based in Chicago.[3]

Christopher G. Kennedy
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Chair of the University of Illinois
Board of Trustees
In office
September 2009 (2009-09) – January 2015 (2015-01)
Preceded byNiranjan Shah
Succeeded byEdward McMillan
Personal details
Christopher George Kennedy

(1963-07-04) July 4, 1963 (age 57)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Sheila Sinclair-Berner (m. 1987)
ParentsRobert F. Kennedy
Ethel Skakel
RelativesSee Kennedy family
ResidenceKenilworth, Illinois
Alma materBoston College (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.B.A)

He was a candidate in the Democratic Party primary for Governor of Illinois in the 2018 election.[4]


  2. "Christopher G. Kennedy | The University of Illinois Board of Trustees".
  3. "Chris Kennedy moving closer to bid for governor". Politico PRO.
  4. Pearson, Rick. "Chris Kennedy to run for Illinois governor, says 'compromise is not surrender' in dig at Rauner".