July 23--Ken Griffin, head of Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel Investment and one of the nation's wealthiest men, has filed for divorce from his wife Anne Dias Griffin, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday.
"A petition for dissolution was filed on his behalf today," his attorneys at Berger Schatz in Chicago said in a statement. "This is a personal matter, and the family asks for privacy as they work through this process and focus on the well-being of their children."
Dias Griffin responded late Wednesday with a statement released through her attorney, Robert Stephan Cohen.
"Ken Griffin unilaterally filed a divorce petition today with no notice to either me or my client, knowing full well that she had just left for summer vacation with their three young children and would therefore be unable to respond," it said. "Anne's highest priority remains her family, especially the wellbeing of her children. She is hopeful that this personal matter can be resolved privately and in the best interests of her children. We have no further comment at this time."
Dias Griffin has never worked at Citadel but founded and managed her own hedge fund firm. She couldn't be reached for immediate comment.
A $19 million gift from the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation went to the modern wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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