Business 100 - 2008

Christopher Kennedy/Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.

Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy, is the president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc (MMPI). MMPI manages a wide variety of office space and sponsors numerous trade shows throughout the year. MMPI is a division of the Vornado Realty Trust, which purchased it from the Kennedy family in 1998.

Christopher joined the company as a research analyst in 1987, becoming a vice president in 1991 and executive vice president in 1994. He was appointed president in 2000.

Christopher is also involved in numerous nonprofit groups, and is on the board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He belongs to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of Chicago.

The Kennedy family has roots in County Wexford. Married with four children, Katherine, Christopher Jr., Sarah, and Clare, Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston College, and a master’s in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.