Economy, Law, and Entrepreneurialism: A Conversation with Sam Zell

Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:25pm
Location: 
Room TBA

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to host a timely discussion with Sam Zell, one of the world’s leading investors, on “The Economy, Law and Entrepreneurialism” on Tuesday, April 3. Zell, whose investment interests span real estate, energy, logistics, transportation, media, and health care, will be joined in conversation with Dean Michael Schill.

Zell is one of the most insightful analysts of economic trends, whose successful investment strategy has made him a perennial member of Forbes billionaire list. Zell founded Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private entrepreneurial investment firm, more than 40 years ago. EGI created one of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in history. He also is chairman and co-founder of Equity International. EI has invested in 22 portfolio companies, including homebuilding, retail, warehousing, distribution, office, hospitality, self-storage, senior living and specialty finance sectors spanning Latin America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Previously, Mr. Zell served as chairman for Equity Office Properties Trust (EOP), the largest office REIT in the U.S. EOP was sold in February 2007 to The Blackstone Group for $39 billion in the largest private equity transaction in history at the time.

Among Zell’s investment “fundamentals” are these maxims: