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Donald Pritzker

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Nationality  United States
Role  Entrepreneur
Name  Donald Pritzker

Occupation  Businessman
Ethnicity  Jewish
Spouse  Sue Sandel (m. ?–1972)
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Full Name  Donald N. Pritzker
Born  October 31, 1932 (1932-10-31) Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater  B.A. Harvard University J.D. University of Chicago
Known for  President of the Hyatt Corporation
Died  May 6, 1972, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Children  Penny Pritzker, J.B. Pritzker, Anthony Pritzker
Parents  Abram Nicholas Pritzker, Fanny Pritzker
Siblings  Jay Pritzker, Robert Pritzker
Similar People  Jay Pritzker, Abram Nicholas Pritzker, Robert Pritzker, JB Pritzker, Penny Pritzker

Donald N. Pritzker (October 31, 1932 – May 6, 1972) was an American entrepreneur, businessman, and member of the wealthy Pritzker family.


Early life and education

Pritzker was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Fanny (née Doppelt) and A.N. Pritzker. He had two older brothers: Jay Pritzker (1922 - 1999) and Robert Pritzker (1926 - 2011). Pritzker studied at the Francis W. Parker School and graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Chicago.


In 1961, after he graduated from law school, he went to work for the family company, the Marmon Group. His elder brother Jay Pritzker assigned him the task of managing the Hyatt Hotel chain. Donald moved to Atherton, California and went about developing the chain and soon became Hyatt's president. In 1967, the Pritzkers bought a newly built hotel in downtown Atlanta out of bankruptcy which had an unusual design consisting of a 21 story atrium lobby with external glass elevators, fountains, and caged tropical birds. Donald renamed it the Hyatt Regency Atlanta; it became an instant success and served as the architectural model for all future Hyatt hotels.

Donald was credited with "setting the tone for the culture and philosophy at Hyatt" and presided over its growth from a six hotel chain to the 5th largest hotel chain in the world at the time of his death.

Personal life and death

On June 10, 1958, Donald Pritzker married Sue Sandel (1932–1982), daughter of Albert L. Sandel (1902–1967) and Dorothy J. Craig (1904–1998). She also studied at the Francis W. Parker School and graduated from Radcliffe College. They had three children:

  • Penny Pritzker (born 1959), the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce
  • Anthony Pritzker (born 1961), managing partner of the Pritzker Group.
  • Jay Robert Pritzker (born 1965), managing partner of the Pritzker Group. and the 512th richest person in the world.
  • Pritzker died in 1972 at age 39 of a heart attack while playing tennis at a Hyatt hotel in Honolulu. His wife died 10 years later in an accident at age 49.


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