Ken Griffin, born Kenneth Cordele Griffin in 1968, stands as one of the most prominent figures in the financial world as the founder and CEO of Citadel, a globally-renowned hedge fund and market maker. Griffin launched his finance career while still a student at Harvard University, where his entrepreneurial spirit saw him trading stocks from his dormitory, eventually starting a hedge fund that would become Citadel. Founded in 1990, Citadel has grown under Griffin's leadership into one of the world's largest alternative asset managers and market makers. Ken Griffin is not only known for his business acumen but also for his philanthropy, notably contributing to educational and cultural institutions. Moreover, as an avid art collector, Griffin has made headlines with his acquisitions of noteworthy artworks, including pieces by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.