Linda Pritzker

About Linda Pritzker

Birth Year: 1953
Birth Place: Missoula, Montana, United States
Other names: Lama Tsomo
Occupation: Tibetan Lama, Author
Known for: Inheritance, Buddhism
Children: three
Parent(s): Audrey Gilbert Robert Pritzker

Linda Pritzker

Linda Pritzker was born on 1953 in Missoula, Montana, United States. Linda Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, has steered clear of working in her family's enterprises and devoted herself to Tibetan Buddhist practices. She was one of the first U.S. women to be ordained as a Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in April 2016 published a Westerner's guide to Tibetan Buddhist meditation with an introductory letter from H. H. Dalai Lama. Her fortune originates from the family's stake in hotel chain Hyatt and proceeds from the sale of conglomerate Marmon to Berkshire Hathaway, which paid $4.8 billion for a 64% stake in 2008. Her grandfather A.N. Pritzker (d. 1986), with his sons Jay (d. 1999), Robert (her father; d. 2011) and Donald (d. 1972), created Chicago-based industrial conglomerate Marmon Holdings and hotel chain Hyatt. She is an occasional donor to liberal causes and is building a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in rural Montana.
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Pritzker was born in 1953 in Oberlin, Ohio, the second of three children born to Jewish-American businessman, Robert Pritzker, and Audrey Gilbert. She has two siblings: Jennifer N. Pritzker (b. James, 1950), a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and founder of the Pritzker Military Library, and Karen Pritzker (b. 1958).


Her parents divorced in 1979. In 1981, her mother remarried Albert B. Ratner, the co-chairman of Cleveland-based real estate developer Forest City Enterprises. In 1980, her Father remarried to Irene Dryburgh with whom he had two children: Matthew Pritzker and Liesel Pritzker Simmons.


Pritzker was ordained a lama in February 2005 by Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master and world holder of the Namchak Lineage, a branch of the Nyingma path of Tibetan Buddhism. She began studying with Rinpoche in 1995 and became fluent in Tibetan. Her journey to Buddhist practices has been documented by ABC News' Dan Harris in his podcast 10% Happier.


She is the author of The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales and Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice with a foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? was a 2016 silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards)


As of March 2018, Pritzker's net worth is estimated to be $1.77 billion.

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