Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Sam Zell

April 22, 2009, 12:00-1:15pm
@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building

Sam Zell is a U.S.-born, self-made billionaire and real estate entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Chairman of Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm. A consummate deal-maker, Zell is invested in or controls a diverse array of companies, including the most successful builder of low-cost housing in Mexico (Homex), the largest U.S. waste-to-energy company (Covanta), and the world's largest distributor of telecommunications and cabling products (Anixter). In early 2007, Zell orchestrated what was at that time the largest leveraged buyout in history--the sale of his flagship Equity Office Properties REIT to the Blackstone private equity group for $39 Billion. Also in 2007, Zell purchased the Tribune Company--publisher of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and owner of the Chicago Cubs--in another leveraged deal. Please join us for a conversation about entrepreneurship in this uncertain economy.

A reception will follow.