Richard Driehaus

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Richard Herman Driehaus (born 1942 in Chicago) is a fund manager, businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, based in Chicago, a firm which manages US$10 billion.[when?][not verified in body] In the year 2000, he was named Barron's "All-Century" team of the 25 individuals who have been the most influential within the mutual fund industry over the past 100 years.[not verified in body]


Driehaus attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep and holds a BSc 1965, MBA 1970 and an honorary doctorate degree from DePaul University in 2002.[citation needed]


From 1968 through 1973, Driehaus developed research ideas for the Institutional Trading department at A.G. Becker & Co.[citation needed] In 1973, he became Director of Research for Mullaney, Wells & Co. In 1976, he became Director of Research and a money manager for Jesup & Lamont.[citation needed] He founded Driehaus Securities LLC in 1980, followed by Driehaus Capital Management LLC in 1982, Driehaus Mutual Funds in 1996, and Driehaus Capital Management (USVI) LLC in 1997.[citation needed]


Driehaus has contributed a total $92 million in today's dollars since 1984; his foundation intends to continue to distribute a minimum of $4 million a year, mostly in Chicago.[citation needed] Originally, Driehaus says,[where?] his plan was to give away only $100 million during his lifetime, but he now believes that he will end up parting with more than twice that amount.[1][bare URL][2][bare URL][3][bare URL]

Classical architecture[edit]

In addition to other philanthropic pursuits, the $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (short: Driehaus Prize) was established in 2003 and is presented annually through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture to honor a major contributor in the field of traditional and classical architecture.[citation needed] The first recipient, for 2003, was Leon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios in 2004, Quinlan Terry in 2005, Allan Greenberg in 2006, Jaquelin T. Robertson in 2007, the husband-wife architect and urbanist team of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in 2008, Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil in 2009, Rafael Manzano Martos in 2010, Robert A.M. Stern in 2011, Michael Graves in 2012, Thomas H. Beeby in 2013 and Pier Carlo Bontempi in 2014.[4][bare URL] Since 2012 a new architectural €50,000 prize has been awarded to a leading architect working in architectural heritage restoration in Spain whose work particularly embodies the values of classical and traditional Spanish architecture: the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize.[citation needed] The first recipient was Leopoldo Gil Cornet in 2012, for his decades-lasting restoration works in the Real Colegiata of Roncesvalles (Navarre, Spain).[citation needed]

In 2012, Driehaus publicly opposed Frank Gehry's modernist design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.[5]


Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago opened for tours and a limited number of private events in June 2008.[6][bare URL][7][bare URL] The museum is housed in the three-story 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion in Chicago's River North.[8][bare URL] The 20-room museum features Louis Comfort Tiffany glass panels, statues, wall art, lamps and chandeliers from the personal collection of Richard Driehaus.[citation needed] Accumulated over the last three decades, the collection is one of the largest personal collections of Tiffany objects in the world.[9][page needed][self-published source?]

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