Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments LLC, the private, Chicago-based investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. His investments span industries and continents, and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications and real estate.
Mr. Zell began his career in real estate as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan by managing apartment buildings throughout Southeast Michigan. Today, he is recognized as a founding father of the public real estate industry after creating three of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in history.
He is also the Chairman of Equity International, a privately-held, leading investor in real estate-related business outside of the Unites States, in addition to the Tribune Company, a private media conglomerate. Furthermore, Mr. Zell chairs five public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Previouly, Mr. Zell served as Chairman of Equity Office Properties Trust (EOP), which was sold in February 2007 to The Blackstone Group for $39 billion in the largest private equity transaction in history at the time.
For many years, Mr. Zell served as the Chairman of the American Friends of IDC Herzliya. He established the Zell Entrepreneurship Program in 2001 together wth IDC Herzliya President Prof. Uriel Reichman.