J. B. Pritzker

Governor of Illinois since 2019

Jay Robert "J. B." Pritzker (born January 19, 1965) is an American venture capitalist, philanthropist, and private business owner based in Chicago. He is the 43rd and current Governor of Illinois and has been serving since 2019. He was reelected in 2022.

J. B. Pritzker
43rd Governor of Illinois
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
LieutenantJuliana Stratton
Preceded byBruce Rauner
Personal details
Jay Robert Pritzker

(1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 59)
Atherton, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Mary Muenster
(m. 1993)
RelativesSee Pritzker family
EducationDuke University (BA)
Northwestern University (JD)
Net worthUS$3.5 billion (Jan. 2018)[1]
WebsiteCampaign website

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 has a net worth of around $3.4 billion.[2] This makes Pritzker the richest officeholder in the United States.[3]

He ran as the Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Illinois in the 2018 election against Governor Bruce Rauner.[4] 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.

Pritzker was born and raised in Atherton, California. He is a member of the Pritzker family.[5][6] His older sister is Penny Pritzker, former United States Secretary of Commerce.[7] He studied at Milton Academy and graduated from Duke University. In 1993, he earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University.[8]


  1. Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker" Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. "Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker". Forbes.
  3. "Meet the Billionaire Who Just Dethroned Donald Trump as America's Richest Politician". Money. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. 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.
  5. Meyer, Theodoric (October 5, 2018). "The Worst Job in American Politics". Politico. Archived from the original on August 2, 2020. Retrieved October 9, 2018. Jay Robert "J. B." Pritzker was born far from in Illinois, in California
  6. Smith, Bryan. "J.B. Pritzker: The Other Mayor of Chicago". Chicago magazine. Archived from the original on September 23, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  7. Castle, George (June 28, 2017). "The Pritzker family is one of the most prominent in Chicago's Jewish community. An exclusive interview with J.B. Pritzker, who wants to be the next governor of Illinois". Chicago Jewish News. Archived from the original on October 5, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  8. "JB Pritzker's Biography". Vote Smart. Archived from the original on September 26, 2022. Retrieved September 26, 2022.

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