Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.


He’s the billionaire founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel. He’s also a philanthropist, a political player, a benefactor of the arts—and a person with a penchant for privacy. So who exactly is Kenneth Cordele Griffin? We scoured public documents, financial records, and other sources to come up with the answer.


In the last ten years or so, Ken Griffin has become one of the most prominent names in Chicago business, philanthropy, and—to a le …

May 15, 2011

I scoured public records and published stories to create a dossier on Kenneth Griffin, the founder of the hedge fund Citadel. He’s also a billionaire, and people love to read about billionaires.