Sam Zell is the Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Investments. He is a global entrepreneur and investor with a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets. The forefather of modern real estate investment trusts, Zell chairs five public companies, including one of the nation's largest residential REITs. He is an active philanthropist with a focus on entrepreneurial education. He was recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.