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 invests directly in both control and minority stakes in private and public companies and real estate. The firm also partners with top-tier investment managers around the globe. Hauptman oversees the firm’s investment strategy, and is actively involved in Andell’s sports, real estate, media, and other operating businesses.
Hauptman became the owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club in 2007. Since that time, 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 organization’s strategic initiatives, partnerships, community engagement and philanthropic efforts. In 2017, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame as Sports Advocate of the Year.
Under his ownership, the Fire has recruited top management and soccer talent, constructed The PrivateBank Fire Pitch, a $22 million, 150,000 square-foot community soccer facility; increased the number of players in its youth club program from 400 to more than 16,000 across six states; expanded an elite, fully-funded Fire Academy; launched Chicago Fire Rec Soccer League, Chicago’s largest adult league with more than 14,000 players; created new marquee assets including Pub to Pitch, the Second Star Club, and Pub97; built an in-house media property generating more than 100 hours of linear television broadcasts, 16,000 hours of content for more than 350,000 followers; and has expanded the Chicago Fire Foundation and its cornerstone program, P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate Learn Achieve Youth Soccer), which is committed to enhancing the academic performance and development of social and emotional skills. In addition to the club most recently being named the 2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Executives’ Club of Chicago for its outstanding philanthropic efforts, the Foundation has also been honored as the 2016 Beyond Sport Team of the Year, the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Sport Team of the Year and is a Chicago Charity Challenge Award Winner three years running.
Hauptman currently sits on the League’s Board of Governors and has held various appointments to MLS’ Advisory Finance, Expansion, Media, Governance, Competition, Digital Commerce, Product and Player Development Strategy, and Marketing committees.
Presently, Hauptman serves on the advisory board of Altas Partners. He has also served as director of numerous public and private companies including XIX Entertainment, BSN SPORTS, Dick Clark Productions, Koor Industries, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Storage Mobility and Canyon Ranch Holdings, among 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. Prior to that, he worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York. Hauptman also produced feature films with credits including “State of Play,” starring Russell Crowe, “Millions,” directed by Danny Boyle and “Safe Men.”
In addition to this work, he is deeply involved in several philanthropic and civic organizations. Andrew serves as a national trustee of City Year and is co-founder and Chair Emeritus of City Year Los Angeles. He is a director of The Hauptman Family Foundation, co-founder and trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize and President of the Chicago Fire Foundation. Andrew is on the board of the Yale University Council, the advisory board of The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and on the leadership councils of Service Year and of International Medical Corps. He also participates in several business organizations, including the Bel Air and Aspen chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Hauptman holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.