The Principled Leadership Award is presented annually at the Adam Smith Society's National Meeting in New York City. The Award honors thoughtful business leaders who understand the centrality of the free market in both our economic system and our civic life.
2017 Principled Leadership Award Winner
Kenneth P. Griffith, Founder and CEO, Citadel
Kenneth Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel. A diverse financial institution, the Citadel group includes Citadel, an industry-leading alternative asset manager; Citadel Securities, one of the leading liquidity providers in America’s capital markets; and Citadel Technology, a solutions provider for investment management technology. Mr. Griffin is a member of numerous civic, business, and economics organizations, and is an active supporter of the arts and culture in his home city of Chicago.
Kenneth Griffin received the Award at the National Meeting on April 21, 2017 in New York City. The Award was presented by Anthony Scaramucci, Founder of SkyBridge Capital. After a brief acceptance speech, Mr. Griffin and Mr. Scaramucci held a fireside chat, with Mr. Griffin discussing his business philosophy, how he empowers employees as entrepreneurs, and how he exercised leadership, while building the company and during the Financial Crisis of 2008. The chat was followed by a Q&A session with the Adam Smith Society members in attendance.