Sam Zell

"I've spent
my whole life testing my limits."


Chairman of Everything, CEO of Nothing

Sam is the visionary and macro strategist for a broad network of companies. For nearly 50 years he has identified and applied fundamental principles that transcend industries, geographies and economies. Sam has founded or built hundreds of companies and created thousands of jobs.

“I spend almost my entire day listening. I ask questions, I probe, I raise possibilities.”

Sam's Career

Am I Being Too Subtle?

Sam often communicates through storytelling — from fictional parodies to custom-designed music boxes, amusing t-shirts, cartoons and indescribable events. His signature creative expressions are his calling card.

Original Thinking

“I am part of the great American dream, an entrepreneurial movement like none other in the world.”


Sam has been a pioneer in entrepreneurship education. His sponsorship began in 1981 at University of Michigan with a national contest inviting any academic in any field to write a syllabus for a course on the topic. Today he has a global network of graduates from his programs in the U.S. and Israel.

Accelerating Entrepreneurship

Outside Looking In

The CNBC Squawk Box Set
Sam Zell Looks Back
The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2017 The notoriously blunt real-estate magnate on being contrarian, not taking yourself too seriously and other business lessons he’s learned.