Andrew Hauptman is the chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office he controls along with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman. Andell invests directly in private and public companies, acquiring controlling and minority stakes, and Andell’s real estate platform provides both debt and equity financing across property types. 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 Pendulum Holdings 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 leadership, the Club experienced dramatic growth, with the franchise value increasing more than tenfold. The Club was also consistently recognized for its deep community engagement, having most recently won the 2019 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award. Additionally, Andrew led a complex and successful effort to move the team back to the city of Chicago and Soldier Field.
Examples of additional past and current Andell portfolio companies include Allied Universal, AmWINS Group, Medforth Global Healthcare Education, MyEyeDr., NSC Minerals, Savage x Fenty, The Seagram Company, Universal Studios, University of St. Augustine, USI Insurance Services, and Watco Companies.
Andrew co-founded and serves as Director of The Bronfman Hauptman Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, advancements in education, and environmental protection, and supports many other philanthropic and civic causes. He is a board member of the Center for American Progress, the independent policy institute committed to improving the lives of Americans through bold progressive ideas and leadership. Andrew was elected Charter Trustee of City Year in 2020 after having served as Trustee for more than 12 years. He is the Co-Founder, former Chair of the board for nine years, and now Chair Emeritus of City Year Los Angeles. He 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 – a topic about which he has authored many op-eds. He is Co-Founder and Trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize, which recognizes young Jewish humanitarians whose innovative work serves to inspire the next generation. Andrew is a member of the Yale University Council, the Advisory Board of The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps. Andrew served as President of the Chicago Fire Foundation for 12 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.