Sam Zell

We are delighted to announce Sam Zell, the Founder and Chairman of $36 billion AUM Chicago-based investment fund Equity Group Investments as our third guest speaker for the 2020/2021 university year.

Mr. Zell spoke with our society virtually on the 11th of November 2020. We have pre-recorded the interview and the videos will be available shortly.


Mr. Zell is one of the most prominent real estate developers and investors in the world. He has described his real estate strategy as "dancing on the skeletons of other people's mistakes”. The line earned him the nickname "Grave Dancer”. He has a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets, leading industry consolidations, and bringing companies to the public markets. His current investments are in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and real estate.

Mr. Zell founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until its 2007 sale for $39 billion to Blackstone in the largest leveraged buyout at the time. He also chairs five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Equity Commonwealth, Covanta Holding Corporation, and Equity Distribution Acquisition Corp. Mr. Zell started his entrepreneurial journey while in law school and holds a JD degree and a BA from the University of Michigan.

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