Marian Ilitch

About Marian Ilitch

Birth Day: January 07, 1933
Birth Place: Bingham Farms, Michigan, United States
Residence: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Citizenship: American
Occupation: Entrepreneur, owner of Detroit Tigers & Detroit Red Wings, co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza
Spouse(s): Mike Ilitch (m. 1955; his death 2017)
Children: 7

Marian Ilitch

Marian Ilitch was born on January 07, 1933 in Bingham Farms, Michigan, United States. Marian Ilitch and her husband, Mike, who died in February, cofounded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. Mrs. I, as she's known, now owns the pizza chain which has $4 billion in sales. She also owns the Detroit Red Wings and MotorCity Casino Hotel; Mike's Detroit Tigers are now in a family trust. Ilitch is helping build a $1.2 billion sports and entertainment district in Detroit.
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Popular As Marian Ilitch
Occupation Food and Beverage
Age 90 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 07, 1933 (Bingham Farms, Michigan, United States)
Birthday January 07
Town/City Bingham Farms, Michigan, United States
Nationality United States

🌙 Zodiac

Marian Ilitch’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Marian Ilitch was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Marian Bayoff was born in 1933 and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of Macedonian immigrants.


She met her Future husband Mike Ilitch, also a child of Macedonian immigrants, in 1954 when the two went on a blind date arranged by his Father. A year later, they married. The couple has seven children together.


The Ilitches founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959, which they expanded as a franchise. They have since expanded their interests to include restaurants, entertainment, Sports and Gaming.


Ilitch and her husband have seven children: Christopher Paul Ilitch (born June 1965) is CEO and President of Ilitch Holdings, Inc.; Denise D. Ilitch (born November 1955) is an attorney and former co-president, with her brother, of Ilitch Holdings. Other children are Ronald "Ron" Tyrus Ilitch, Michael C. Ilitch, Jr., Lisa M. Ilitch Murray, Atanas Ilitch (born Thomas Ilitch) and Carole M. Ilitch. Ron Ilitch was found dead in his hotel room in February 2018 at the age of 61. This means now six out of seven children remain.


In 1985, Ilitch and her husband established the Little Caesars Love Kitchen Foundation, which consists of a mobile pizza restaurant. The Love Kitchen has fed more than 2 million people, aiding the hungry and disaster victims across the U.S. and Canada. Three Presidents, President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush Sr, and President Bill Clinton have recognized the work of the Love Kitchen.


The Detroit Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups under Ilitch family ownership: 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008. Marian Ilitch and three daughters are among only 12 women to have had their names engraved on the trophy.


Ilitch served as vice chairwoman and secretary-treasurer of all of her family's various holdings until 1999, when Ilitch Holdings, Inc. was formed as the parent company for her family's widespread interests. She became chairwoman upon her husband's death.


One of the original Investors in Detroit's MotorCity Casino, Ilitch realized an opportunity to purchase total interest in the casino resort complex from various minor stakeholders and Mandalay Resort Group in 2005. Michigan Gaming laws prohibit one company from owning more than one Detroit casino property. With Ilitch as owner, MotorCity Casino is reportedly one of the largest independently owned casino enterprises in the United States—likely the largest woman-owned casino in the U.S.


Mike Ilitch's Detroit Tigers, a baseball team, logged losing records in 12 out of 13 seasons but turned the team around in 2006. They made the playoffs for the first time since 1987. The Ilitches successfully spearheaded a public/private partnership with the taxpayers of the greater Detroit area to build a new home for the Tigers in downtown Detroit. The $300 million plus Comerica Park opened in April 2000. Ilitch Holdings, Inc. manages the stadium and parking.

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