Griffin’s Grandmother Dies At 98

Jul 12 2010 | 8:45am ET

Citadel Investment Group founder Kenneth Griffin has lost the woman he credits with making him a success: His 98-year-old grandmother.

Genevieve Huebsch Gratz, a businesswoman in her own right who managed the family’s three farms, seed and oil businesses following the deaths of her father, brother, mother and husband in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died on July 3. Griffin told the Chicago Tribune that the cause was old age.

Griffin said his grandmother paid his way through Harvard University, as well as for college for her four other grandchildren. He told the newspaper she was a great source of “unsolicited advice” and taught him the value of hard work and kindness.

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