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Transportation leasing company executive

Samuel Zell, American real estate company executive, lawyer. Named one of Forbes 400: Richest Americans, since 2006, World's Richest People, Forbes Magazine, since 2005, 50 Who Matter Now, Business 2.0, 2007. Chairman National Association Real Estate Investment Trusts, 1998—2000.


Zell, Samuel was born on September 28, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Bernard and Rochelle Zell.


Bachelor, University Michigan, 1963. Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1966. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Michigan, 2005.


Chairman Capital Trust, Inc., Covanta Holding Corporation, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (formerly Manufactured Home Communities, Inc.). Co-chairman Revco D.S.

With Yates Holleb & Michelson, 1966-1968. Co-founder, president Equity Finance & Management Company, Chicago, 1968—1976. Chairman, president Equity Group Investments, LLC (formerly Equity Finance & Management Company), since 1976.

Chairman Great American Management & Investment Inc., 1981, Delta Queen Steamboat Company, since 1984, Itel Corporation, since 1985, Anixter International Inc., since 1985. Founder Equity Residential, chairman, since 1993. Owner Chicago Cubs, 2007—2009.

Chief Executive Officer The Tribune Company, 2007—2009, chairman, since 2007.


Chairman National Association Real Estate Investment Trusts, 1998—2000.


  • Other Interests

    Racquetball, skiing.


Married Helen Zell; 3 children.

Bernard Zell

Rochelle Zell

Helen Zell