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Howard Tulman, Ben Silbermann, J.B. Pritzker, Donna Zarcone, Ilene Gordon./photo by Richard Shay 0

Pinterest CEO’s jab at Trump draws cheers in Chicago

January 31st, 2017

As a Q&A with Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann wound down, J.B. Pritzker asked the question everyone at the Economic Club gala was wondering: How does President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslims affect the Silicon Valley company?

“Forget my company or the country,” Silbermann said. ” I think it’s bad for the world.”

A cheer erupted from the usually staid crowd of civic and business leaders dressed to the nines at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Moderator and Chicago businessman Pritzker prompted a few other whoots! during the evening. Why not move the multi-billion-dollar company to Illinois? Silbermann noted, weakly, that there’s an office in Chicago. “It’s not big enough!” said Pritzker, a reminder that yes, he’s thinking of running for governor.

Read more in my column in the Chicago Sun-Times.



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