COURTESY UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

COURTESY UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Part of Chicago’s prominent Pritzker family, which controls the Hyatt fortune, Penny is a celebrated businesswoman, supplementing her family inheritance with substantial earnings, much of it from real estate. She is currently serving as Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration, and was a chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She concentrates on contemporary art, and with her husband Bryan Traubert, she owns works by Albert Oehlen and Doris Salcedo, among many others. The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation supports Chicago’s youth through education, health, and art and culture.

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Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert

Location:
Chicago

Source of wealth:
Real estate, hotels (Hyatt), and financial information

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

She was described by Politico as “the only multibillionaire in the Obama Cabinet.”