From the Forbes 400 list
Net Worth $1.5 B As of March 2013
CEO, Tawani Enterprises
Source of Wealth: hotels, investments
Residence: Chicago, IL
Country of Citizenship: United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Loyola University Illinois
Marital Status: Divorced
From the Chicago Sun-Times
BY TODD SHIELDS Sun-Times Media August 23, 2013 9:12PM
The billionaire retired U.S. Army colonel James Pritzker has announced he is a woman — Jennifer Natalya Pritzker.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, a memo dated Aug. 16 and sent to the Pritzker Military Library and Tawani Enterprises announced Pritzker’s name officially had been changed.
“This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly,” the memo stated.
“Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings.”
Pritzker’s father was the late Robert Pritzker. Robert Pritzker founded Marmon Group, a manufacturing and industrial conglomerate.
Her uncles founded the Hyatt Hotel chain.
Pritzker, 63, is president/CEO of Tawani and she chairs the military library. She served 11 years in the military, including a stint in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Illinois Equality, said Pritzker’s announcement should inspire young people faced with the same life-changing decision.
Equality Illinois’ mission is to secure and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.
“It’s important to know that his high-profile life and distinguished military career should be a role model for young people,” he said.
“Jennifer’s story moves the whole conversation forward to a national center on transgender equality.”
Cherkasov also said Pritzker’s coming out into the open demonstrated transgender people “are in every walk of life.”
“Her career has three streams — the military, business and the museum. She has a successful and accomplished life.”
In July, Pritzker’s Tawani Foundation gave a $3.5 million grant to the University of California’s Palm Center to study transgender people in the military, according to Courthouse News Service.
If gender is instantly and unquestionably malleable, how about race? Can I announce I now belong to the race of Pritzkers and therefore, despite any racist quibbles about my DNA that my new fellow Pritzkers might offer in objection, collect my fair share of the Pritzker inheritance?
P.S., You'll notice that, while the party line of transexuals is that they always felt like a little girl on the inside, they often get extremely angry at scientists who suggest an alternative explanation for some of them: that it's a weird sexual fetish.
For example, this guy, who has three children (does he want them to now call him "Mom?" And what does their mother think?), was born very rich -- a friend of mine served as a nanny to various Pritzker children over 40 years ago on their sojourns in Paris and the Riviera (perhaps as nanny to his cousin Penny, now Obama's Secretary of Commerce). He could have done anything. But, he chose to serve eleven years in the Army, then 16 in the National Guard, rising to the rank of colonel.
Pritzker Military Library. In other words, this guy likes military stuff more than 99% of all men and 99.99% of all women on earth.
You can make up a list of other well-known transexuals with exceptionally masculine interests, such as economist Donald "Deirdre" McCloskey, who played football at Harvard. There are no athletic scholarships at Harvard, so he played football because he liked knocking other guys down.
Yeah, I know, I'm the victim of obsolete stereotypes that tackle football and warfare are more appealing to masculine than feminine minds. Who doesn't know a little girl these days who has a bedroom full of books on war and Ray Lewis posters?
Now, some transexuals are at the opposite pole -- extremely effeminate gay men who want to snag A Real Man. But many of the most aggressive take-no-prisoners transexual activists who have led the attacks on the scientists studying their condition are extremely masculine x-men.
And that's part of the added appeal of the oncoming World War T -- not just the "transgressive" stuff shocking the rubes in the corn belt, but the opportunity to lie, to silence scientists, and to not get the joke, well, that stuff is the cherry on top.