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Ken Griffin slays–first dinosaurs, now a legendary warrior

September 6th, 2017

Ken Griffin tossed down $16.5 million to bring a gigantic dinosaur to the Field Museum, and now he’s going to wrestle a larger-than-life warrior: David Petraeus, the retired U.S. Army general who commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Griffin, the billionaire CEO of Citadel hedge-fund company, will take the stage Sept. 27 with Petraeus to raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation. The Washington, D.C., group supports wounded soldiers from the Navy’s special operations unit and families of those slain.

The group is recognizing Griffin with its Patriot Award for his personal and corporate philanthropy. He’s donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years to the SEALs, veterans groups and community endeavors, including last week’s gift to the Field.

Petraeus, who’s also the former CIA director, is a big draw for what will be a military-centric crowd. He was initially asked to give a speech. Then event chairman Bill Strong offered a suggestion: have the two men interview each other on stage.

Get details on how he made it happen in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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