Illinois’ Former Wealthiest Man Reveals The Breaking Points That Prompted His Move To Florida | Eastern North Carolina Now | Citadel CEO Ken Griffin revealed on Tuesday that he moved from Illinois to Florida after a senior colleague was robbed at gunpoint during a coffee run in Chicago, while another was attacked without provocation by a “random lunatic.”

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    Citadel CEO Ken Griffin revealed on Tuesday that he moved from Illinois to Florida after a senior colleague was robbed at gunpoint during a coffee run in Chicago, while another was attacked without provocation by a "random lunatic."

    Griffin - whose $30 billion net worth places him among the 50 richest men on the planet, according to data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index - began buying property and moving his personal fortune to Miami after voicing concerns about the lackluster business environment in Chicago. He later announced that Citadel, which manages $57 billion in assets, would likewise relocate to Florida.

    During an interview with Bloomberg, Griffin said he finally decided to leave Chicago after two of his colleagues were assaulted in the Windy City. The former was robbed after a person put "a gun to his head" during a coffee run, and another was confronted by "some random lunatic just trying to punch him in the head" while he was waiting for a car.

    Griffin donated more than $600 million to local nonprofits over the course of two decades.

    Violent crime in the Windy City has indeed been on the rise in recent years. Under the leadership of Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city recorded 797 homicides in 2021 - the highest of any American metropolis.

    Meanwhile, Griffin intends to turn Miami into "Wall Street South" - transforming the local economy as other finance professionals embrace the robust business climate fostered by the state government of Florida.

    "We're not sort of in - we're all in," Griffin asserted.

    The executive, who plans to personally pitch the city of Miami to other large corporations, added that Citadel would invest as much as $1 billion in its new headquarters. "I'm going to work to create a building that's iconic in Miami," Griffin said. "If it takes longer to fill the building, so be it. It's more important to me to create the right environment to draw human capital that drives Citadel."

    Citadel has already spent more than $600 million on an empty lot that will house the new headquarters, as well as a temporary office building, an apartment building, and more than 100,000 square feet of office leases from which employees will work until the new headquarters is completed, according to a report from CNBC. In a personal capacity, Griffin has spent $175 million on five acres of property in southern Florida, on which he plans to tear down the existing house and build a new one. He has also spent $450 million on land for a new estate north of Palm Beach - a property larger than Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump.

    The real estate spending spree occurred as Griffin sold his two penthouses in Chicago. Beyond his real estate portfolio, Griffin plans to support philanthropic efforts in the Sunshine State - particularly those related to education.

    Griffin is an ardent supporter of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who he would support over Trump in a potential 2024 contest. The financier said he "will definitively be involved in the presidential race" and would consider serving leading the Treasury Department in a DeSantis administration - a position he declined when approached by Trump officials.

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In what may be the most divisive period in modern American History, even more divisive than the turbulent sixties due to today's lack of patriotism, consider what are the major catalysts causing so much of this calamity of conflict, and vote: What most instigates the division of America, on this day September 20, 2022?
  Racism within our society
  Sex realignment to the detriment of our society.
  Biden /Harris Wide Open Southern Border Policy for the Demographic Upheaval of OUR Constitutional Republic
  Rampant Crime in Democratic controlled cities, and the possible contagion elsewhere
  Covid Pandemic, and its mishandling at the political, and bureaucratic levels.
  The unresolved questions /allegation regarding the flawed 2020 General Election
  January 6th Riot or "Armed Insurrection", depending upon patriotic perspective
  Joe Biden as Divisive Leader; Ineffective and Corrupt Executive
  Failed Education Industry, from an overall perspective, regarding all levels of education.
  Propagandistic Media in complete conflict with the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of Speech, and the awesome responsibility of a Free Press..
  "Orangeman Bad!"
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  A secular ambivalence to all that is real.
  Record number of overdose deaths from opioids and now Fentanyl
  Biden Administration's disastrous Foreign Policy
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  "Ultra MAGA Extremists" freely speaking louder AND LOUDER!
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Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
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