Sam Zell

Equity Group Investments

Sam Zell is a global, industry-agnostic entrepreneur and investor. He has a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets, leading industry consolidations, and bringing companies to the public markets. His current investments are in: energy, logistics, manufacturing, communications, healthcare, and real estate.

Sam is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments, the private investment firm he founded more than 45 years ago. He also chairs five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, the largest apartment REIT in the country; Equity LifeStyle Properties, a manufactured home community and resort REIT; Equity Commonwealth, an office REIT; Covanta Holding Corporation, an international owner/operator of energy-from-waste and power generation facilities; and Anixter International Inc., a leading global provider of communications, security, and wire and cable products.

Sam also founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until its 2007 sale for $39 billion in the largest leveraged buyout at the time. In addition, he introduced the first Brazilian and Mexican real estate companies, respectively, to the New York Stock Exchange through Equity International, a second private investment firm he founded to focus on real estate-related businesses in emerging markets.

Sam is an active philanthropist with a focus on entrepreneurial education. Through the Zell Family Foundation, he has led the sponsorship of several leading entrepreneurship programs, including: the Zell/Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business; the Zell Fellows Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; and the Zell Entrepreneurship Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). The Zell Global Entrepreneur Network (ZGEN) unites the students and alumni of these programs and actively provides them with connections, opportunities, mentorship and support. Sam also sponsors the Samuel Zell/Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Real Estate Center. He holds a JD degree and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Sam was recognized in 2017 by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Also in 2017, Sam debuted his book, Am I Being Too Subtle? (Penguin RandomHouse), in which he shares fundamentals and philosophies that made him a self-made billionaire.

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Past Speakers

Soren Aandahl
Soren Aandahl Glaucus Research Group
William Ackman Pershing Square Capital
Vivien Azer
Vivien Azer Cowen and Company
Dmitry Balyasny
Dmitry Balyasny Balyasny Asset Management LP
Kyle Bass
Kyle Bass Hayman Capital Management, LP
Rupal J. Bhansali Ariel Investments
Frank-Brosens
Frank Brosens Taconic Capital Advisors LP
William Browder
William Browder Hermitage Capital Management
John-Burbank
John Burbank Passport Capital
Debra A. Cafaro
Debra A. Cafaro Ventas, Inc.
John A. Canning Jr.
John A. Canning Jr. Madison Dearborn Partners
Kelly Cardwell
Kelly Cardwell Central Square Management LLC
Nehal Chopra
Nehal Chopra Tiger Ratan
Leon Cooperman
Leon Cooperman Omega Advisors
Richard H. Driehaus
Richard H. Driehaus Driehaus Capital Management LLC
Arnie_Duncan
Arne Duncan Emerson Collective
David Einhorn
David Einhorn Greenlight Capital
Steve Eisman
Steve Eisman Emrys Partners
Michael Elrad GEM Realty Capital
brian-feltzin
Brian J. Feltzin Sheffield Asset Management LLC
James E. Flynn
James E. Flynn Deerfield Management
Contance_Freedman
Constance Freedman Moderne Ventures
Joshua S. Friedman
Joshua S. Friedman Canyon Partners LLC
Ed-Garden
Ed Garden Trian Partners
James-Grant
James Grant (2016) Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
Jon Gray
Jonathan Gray Blackstone
Andy-Greenberg
Andy Greenberg Saker Management LP
Ken Griffin
Ken Griffin Citadel Investment Group, LLC
Jeffrey E. Gundlach
Jeffrey E. Gundlach DoubleLine Capital LP
Matt-Halbower
Matt Halbower Pentwater Capital Management
Andy Hall
Andy Hall Astenbeck Capital Management LLC
Mason Hawkins
Mason Hawkins Southeastern Asset Management
william-heard
William Heard Heard Capital LLC
David-Heller
David Heller Cloud Gate Capital
David Herro
David Herro Harris Associates
Tim Hurd
Tim Hurd BlueSpruce Investments
Rajiv-Jain
Rajiv Jain GQG Partners
Chris-James
Christopher James Partner Fund Management
arthur-kaz
Arthur Kaz Greenbriar Asset Management LP
John L. Keeley Jr. Keeley Asset Management Corp.
Mark Kingdon
Mark Kingdon Kingdon Capital Mangement, LLC
Alex Klabin
Alex Klabin Senator Investment Group LP
Mathew-Klody
Mathew Klody MCN Capital Management LLC
Jonathan Kolatch
Jonathan Kolatch Redwood Capital
Steve Kuhn
Steve Kuhn Pine River Capital Management
Mark-Lampert
Mark Lampert BVF Partners L.P.
Marc Lasry Avenue Capital Group
Lau-Vivian
Vivian Lau One Tusk Investment Partners
Jimmy-Levin
Jimmy Levin Oz Management
Ari Levy
Ari Levy Lakeview Investment Group
James Litinsky
James Litinsky JHL Capital Group
Alec_Litowitz
Alec Litowitz Magnetar Capital
Jonathan Litt
Jonathan Litt Land and Buildings Investment Management
John-Lykouretzos
John Lykouretzos Hoplite Capital Management, L.P.
Steve Mandel
Steve Mandel Lone Pine Capital LLC
Mick McGuire
Mick McGuire Marcato Capital Management
Amos-Meron
Amos Meron Empyrean Capital Partners
Michael Milken The Milken Institute
Daniel-O'Keefe
Daniel O’Keefe Artisan Partners
Philip-Ordway
Philip C. Ordway Anabatic Investment Partners
Nelson Peltz
Nelson Peltz Trian Fund Management LP
Richard Perry Perry Partners
Nancy Prial
Nancy Prial Essex Investment Management
Rick-Rieder
Rick Rieder BlackRock
Larry Robbins
Larry Robbins Glenview Capital Management
John W. Rogers Jr.
John W. Rogers Jr. Ariel Investments
Steven Romick
Steven Romick First Pacific Advisors LLC
Barry Rosenstein JANA Partners
Randall Rowe
Randall Rowe Green Courte Partners, LLC
Thomas A. Russo Gardner Russo & Gardner
Michael-Sacks
Michael Sacks GCM Grosvenor
N. David Samra
N. David Samra Artisan Partners
Ricky Sandler
Ricky Sandler Eminence Capital, LP
Jeremy Schiffman
Jeremy Schiffman Palestra Capital
Doug Silverman
Doug Silverman Senator Investment Group LP
Seth-Singerman
Seth Singerman Singerman Real Estate, LLC
Dinakar Singh
Dinakar Singh TPG-Axon Capital Management
Bart-Stephens
Bart Stephens Blockchain Capital
Barry Sternlicht
Barry Sternlicht Starwood Capital Group
Steven A. Tananbaum
Steven A. Tananbaum GoldenTree Asset Management
Jeffrey Ubben
Jeff Ubben ValueAct Capital Management LLC
Wally Weitz
Wally Weitz Weitz Investment Management, Inc.
Stephen White
Stephen White Castle Union LLC
Meredith Whitney
Meredith Whitney Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, LLC
Mike Wilkins
Mike Wilkins Kingsford Capital Management
Josh-Wolfe
Josh Wolfe Lux Capital
Peter Zaldivar
Peter Zaldivar Kabouter Management, LLC
Leah Joy Zell
Leah Joy Zell Lizard Investors LLC