Owner and Chairman, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Chairman, Andell, Inc.
Andrew Hauptman is the chairman of Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office he controls with his wife, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman. Andell's activities are divided between direct holdings in public and private companies and partnerships with top-tier investment managers around the globe. Hauptman oversees the firm’s investment, operating, sports, real estate and media businesses.
Hauptman became the owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club in 2007. Over the past seven years, his contributions have been instrumental in defining the image and direction of the Fire while dramatically expanding the Club’s base and reach. Hauptman’s comprehensive commitment to the development of the Fire and MLS is reflected in the Club’s strategic initiatives, partnerships and philanthropic efforts. Under his ownership, he has recruited top management and soccer talent; dramatically increased the number of players in its youth program from 400 to over 15,000 and expanded the club's elite, fully scholarshipped Fire Academy to the U-10 level; launched the Chicago Fire Rec Soccer League with over 5,000 adults playing; built an in-house digital platform generating over 100 hours of original content annually; announced construction of the $20 million, 140,000 square-foot Chicago Fire Soccer Center on the northside that will be the largest year-round soccer facility and first ever air-supported dome in the city; and has expanded the Chicago Fire Foundation, which has provided over $1.7 million in grants, contributions and in-kind support.
He currently sits on the League’s Board of Governors and has held various appointments to MLS’ Media, Governance, Competition, Digital Commerce, Product and Player Development Strategy, and Marketing committees.
Presently, he serves as a director of XIX Entertainment and on the advisory board of Altas Partners. Hauptman has served as a director of numerous public and private companies including BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility and Canyon Ranch Holdings, amongst others.
Earlier in his career, Hauptman worked as a senior executive with Universal Studios in London and played a key role in the oversight of its international operations, focusing primarily on the music and filmed entertainment groups. He also worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York.
In addition to this work, he is deeply involved in several philanthropic and civic organizations. He serves as a national trustee of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that combats the high school dropout epidemic, and is co-founder and chairman of City Year Los Angeles. He is a director of The Hauptman Family Foundation and co-founder and trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize. He is on the board of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, the Yale University Council, the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps and is President of the Chicago Fire Foundation. Hauptman also serves on the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, an initiative which aims to create large-scale civilian national service in the United States. He also participates in several business organizations, including the Bel Air and Aspen chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Mr. Hauptman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.