As a 15-year-old New Trier student on the North Shore, Mr. Pritzker donned a suit and tie and rode the train to the Loop to "intern at several family companies." Among mentors he cites are his 84-year-old father, Robert, former CEO of Marmon Group Inc., which was sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Group Inc. as part of the Pritzker holdings liquidation.
To help him evaluate deals, Mr. Pritzker hired a trio of older executives with experience in finance, operations and marketing. The director of acquisitions at Matthew Pritzker Co. LLC, which occupies the 96th floor of Willis Tower, is Mio Stojkovich, 43, a former managing director at William Blair Capital Partners in Chicago.
In some cases, Mr. Pritzker's age is an advantage. It helps one portfolio company, State Street Pictures, tap into the youth market, says producer Bob Teitel, 42. The Los Angeles-based company produced the hit film "Barbershop" and its sequel, which grossed a combined $143 million. It now has a samurai-ninja film and a romantic comedy in the works.
Meanwhile, a Matthew Pritzker investment in Chicago-based HomeMade Pizza Co. is fueling expansion plans, to 100 locations from 26 over the next four years, according to CEO Eric Fosse.more » « less