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> "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

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#1 2022-06-23 20:28:03

"Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

Ken Griffin has had it with the Chicago crime cesspool.

The billionaire is moving Citadel’s headquarters to Miami, the third major employer after Boeing and Caterpillar to announce the move of a corporate headquarters from Illinois in the past two months after the trading titan decried the city’s crime rate and voiced frustrations with political leadership in Illinois.

In a letter to employees sent on Thursday, Griffin said he had personally moved to Florida and that his market-making business, Citadel Securities, would also transfer. He wrote he views Florida as a better corporate environment and though he didn’t specifically cite crime as a factor, company officials said it was a consideration, the WSJ reported. Which reminds us: where is the Netflix special on inner city black-on-black crime in general, and Chicago's weekly murder spree in particular? Oh, it's not there... what a shocker.


The relocation will affect both hedge fund Citadel and Citadel Securities, the market making business, firm spokesman Zia Ahmed said Thursday according to Bloomberg, and marks the first step in a multi-year process that will involve the firm building a new office in Miami, which will serve as its global headquarters, and where a few hundred people will be based as soon as next year.

“Chicago will continue to be important to the future of Citadel, as many of our colleagues have deep ties to Illinois,” Griffin wrote, before explaining that the ties will not be that deep. “Over the past year, however, many of our Chicago teams have asked to relocate to Miami, New York and our other offices around the world.”

Griffin, 53, said just last month that he was reaching a tipping point with Chicago. The hedge fund and market maker, both of which he founded, combined employ more than 1,000 people in the city and pay hundreds of millions in taxes to liberal mecca that will now find itself in even more dire financial straits.

Griffin - with an estimated worth of $28.9 billion - is the wealthiest resident of Illinois and is among the world’s top 50 wealthiest, so his departure and that of his hedge fund will hurt state tax collections on both the individual and corporate side. It will also be a blow to Chicago’s philanthropic scene, where Griffin has given more than $600 million in gifts to educational, cultural, medical and civic organizations in the area.

The Citadel founder and Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune and the brother of former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, have had a running feud in recent years, lately over rising violence in Chicago.

In an April interview with the Journal, Griffin suggested he might move his operations out of Illinois because of a rising crime rate and incidents involving employees in the state’s largest city. Data from the Chicago Police Department show that through June 19, murders are down 11% when compared with the same period a year earlier, while thefts are up 65%, motor vehicle thefts are up 40% and burglaries are up 31%.

“If people aren’t safe here, they’re not going to live here,” he said then. “I’ve had multiple colleagues mugged at gunpoint. I’ve had a colleague stabbed on the way to work. Countless issues of burglary. I mean, that’s a really difficult backdrop with which to draw talent to your city from.”

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Suck_It_Phil
#2 2022-06-23 20:38:28

Re: "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

It's not just the crime.  Chicago is a dumpster fire of woke nonsense

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#3 2022-06-23 20:40:31

Re: "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

Suck_It_Phil wrote:

It's not just the crime.  Chicago is a dumpster fire of woke nonsense

And Florida has no income tax!

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Suck_It_Phil
#4 2022-06-23 20:45:19

Re: "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

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And Florida has no income tax!

On the gulf as I type....it's fuqing paradise.

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TesticularFortitude
#5 2022-06-23 21:07:23

Re: "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

Ken Griffin is a one of the biggest criminals in Chicago rolleyes

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#6 2022-06-23 21:11:44

Re: "Chicago Is Like Afghanistan": Ken Griffin Is Moving Citadel To Miami, Leaving Chicago Crime Cesspool Behind

TesticularFortitude wrote:

Ken Griffin is a one of the biggest criminals in Chicago rolleyes

He should do well in Miami then lmao

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