Evanston billionaire Jennifer Pritzker has been named to Out magazine’s “Power 50” list, alongside other notable movers and shakers like Apple CEO Tim Cook, MSNBC star Rachel Maddow and basketball player Brittney Griner.
Pritzker holds the No. 23 spot and is the first transgender woman to make the list. The editors mention that the 63-year-old was the first openly transgender billionaire on the Forbes billionaire list and recently gave $1.35 to study transgender service in the military. Pritzker is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and CEO of Tawani Enterprises wealth management firm.
Pritzker announced in August that she was changing her name from James to Jennifer and would identify herself publically as a woman.
"This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings," Pritzker said in a statement at the time.
She made news locally last year for both a failed bid to buy the Harley Clarke Mansion and for winning approval to open two bed and breakfasts on the same block.