Andrew Hauptman is the chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office he controls with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman. Andell invests directly in private and public companies and real estate and acquires control and minority stakes. Andrew oversees the firm’s investment strategy and is actively involved in Andell’s operating businesses.
Andrew currently serves on the advisory board of Altas Partners and has been a director of numerous public and private companies, including BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility (PODS), and Canyon Ranch Holdings, amongst others. From 2007 – 2019, Andrew was owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Under Andrew’s ownership, the Club experienced dramatic growth, with the franchise value increasing more than ten-fold. The Club was also consistently recognized for its deep community engagement, having most recently won the 2019 ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year award. Andrew led a complex and successful effort to move the team back to the city of Chicago and Soldier Field.
Examples of past and current Andell portfolio companies include Allied Universal, AmWINS Group, Chicago Fire, BSN Sports, Universal Studios, MyEyeDr., NSC Minerals Ltd., Inc., Watco Companies, LLC, USI Insurance Services, Medforth Global Healthcare Education, Savage x Fenty, The Seagram Company Ltd, and University of St. Augustine. Andell’s real estate platform includes a variety of investments across all asset classes and throughout the capital structure.
In addition to this work, Andrew is deeply involved in several philanthropic and civic organizations. Andrew serves as a national trustee of City Year and is co-founder and chair of City Year Los Angeles. He is a director of The Bronfman Hauptman Foundation and co-founder and trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize. Andrew is a member of the Yale University Council, the trustee advisory board of the Center for American Progress, the advisory board of The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and the leadership council of International Medical Corps. Andrew also serves on the leadership council of Service Year Alliance and is a co-chair of the organization’s “Serve America Together” campaign, calling on 2020 presidential candidates to make national service a priority. Andrew served as President of the Chicago Fire Foundation for twelve years and in 2017, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame as Sports Advocate of the Year.
Earlier in his career, Andrew was a senior executive with Universal Studios in London and played a key role in the oversight of its international operations, focusing primarily in the music and filmed entertainment groups. Andrew also previously produced feature films through Andell Entertainment, including “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe and “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle. Prior to his time in the media industry, Andrew worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions at Alex. Brown & Sons in New York.
Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.