Tom RickettsExecutive Chairman at Chicago Cubs
Tom Ricketts is the executive chairman of the Chicago Cubs, and the founder and chairman of securities underwriting, distribution, and trading fintech InspereX. Tom founded Incapital, later renamed InspereX, in 1999 and was the CEO of the firm through 2009. During that period, Tom was named to Institutional InvestorMagazine’s “40 Most Influential in E-Finance” five times and was the 2010 E&Y Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year in Financial Services. In 2009, Tom led his family’s bid for the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, the organization won its first World Series title in 108 years, snapping the longest championship drought in North American major sports history. Among many recognitions, Tom was named the Sports Business Journal Executive of the Year in 2017. Tom also led the family’s $1 billion private financing of the restoration of Wrigley Field and development of adjacent properties now known as Gallagher Way and the Hotel Zachary. Tom received the Urban Land Institute Lifetime Achievement Award for the project. He is the Chairman of Marquee Development, which is working on similar projects around other sports facilities. Tom has an AB in Economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He won the Business School’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2005. He and his wife, Cecelia, a physician, met at Wrigley Field. They live in the Chicago area and have five children.