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Todd M. Ricketts (born September 23, 1969) is an American businessman and politician who is a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, a member of the TD Ameritrade board of directors, and the current Republican National Committee Finance Chairman.[1][2][3][4]

Todd Ricketts
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Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Assumed office
January 31, 2018
Preceded bySteve Wynn
Personal details
Born (1969-09-23) September 23, 1969 (age 49)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sylvie Légère
ParentsJoe Ricketts
Marlene Volkmer
RelativesPete Ricketts (brother)
Laura Ricketts (sister)
Thomas S. Ricketts (brother)
EducationLoyola University, Chicago (BA)
University of Chicago
Awards2016 World Series champion


Early life and educationEdit

Todd Ricketts is the son of Marlene Margaret (née Volkmer) and Ameritrade founder and billionaire Joe Ricketts.[5] Forbes' estimate of the Ricketts' family wealth ($1 billion), consolidated under J. Joseph Ricketts name, placed them at No. 371 on the Forbes 400 list.[6] Ricketts is also brother of Pete Ricketts, current Governor of the U.S. state of Nebraska.

Ricketts earned a bachelor of arts in economics at Loyola University Chicago in 1994 and later attended the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Ricketts left Booth before finishing his MBA requirements to work as a trader at a New York-based startup, Knight Securities.[7]


Ricketts worked for securities and investment banking firm Incapital and for the financial services firm Knight Securities. He also worked for Ameritrade in business development,[8] and he is on the board of directors of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: AMTD).[1]

Ricketts is also on the board of directors of the Chicago Cubs.[9] In April 2007, Sam Zell announced his intention to acquire the Chicago-based Tribune Company. After acquiring the Tribune, Zell announced that he would sell the Cubs and related entities including Wrigley Field and a 25% share of SportsNet Chicago.[10] The Ricketts family bid was selected as the winning bid on January 22, 2009.[11] The family bid included all four siblings (Peter, Tom, Laura, and Todd) and both parents. Forbes estimated that the ownership stake in the Chicago Cubs represents $642 million out of the total $900 million bid.[10] Ricketts has a World Series title to his credit, as the Cubs won the championship in 2016 defeating the Cleveland Indians four games to three.

Ricketts is an owner of Napolita Pizzeria in Wilmette, Illinois and Higher Gear Bike Shops in Wilmette, Illinois and Highland Park, Illinois and a member of the board of directors of World Bicycle Relief.[12][13]

Since 2013, Ricketts has been a member of the board of directors and CEO of a non-profit small government advocacy group called Ending Spending Inc.[14][15] Ending Spending was founded by Joe Ricketts in 2010 to advocate against congressional earmarks.[16]

Political activityEdit

Ricketts was an influential fundraiser and donor during the 2016 US presidential election, supporting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker during the Republican Party primaries.[17] He was named co-chair of Walker's fundraising drive in May 2015.[18]

Ricketts manages the conservative political operations for the Republican wing of the Ricketts family.[8] After Walker bowed out of the race in September 2015,[19] the Ricketts family donated $5.5 million to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC opposing the candidacy of Donald Trump.[20][21] Once Trump became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, Ricketts reversed his stance, throwing his support to Trump.[20] In May 2016, Ricketts was chosen as an at-large member of the Illinois delegation to the Republican National Convention.[22] During the tail end of the general election, Ricketts participated in fundraisers in Chicago for Trump's candidacy and helped to raise money for the pro-Trump super PACs 45 Committee and Future 45, raising over $66 million.[23][17]

On November 24, 2016, reports surfaced that President-elect Donald Trump would appoint Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.[24] On November 30, 2016, Trump officially announced the nomination of Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.[2]

On April 19, 2017, Ricketts withdrew his nomination from consideration citing the inability to divest his financial holdings to the satisfaction of the Office of Government Ethics.[3]

Nearly nine months later, on January 31, 2018, Ricketts was named the finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.[4]


Ricketts is vice chairman of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, and is on the board of Opportunity Education Foundation. He is a Regent at Loyola University Chicago. He is also active with The Churchill Centre.[25]

Undercover BossEdit

On November 7, 2010, Ricketts appeared on the reality television series Undercover Boss, going incognito as an entry-level employee at Wrigley Field. His brother Tom was also considered for the part, but the Cubs chose Todd as Tom was considered too recognizable.[26] Ricketts grew out his beard and wore fake glasses, assuming his alias — unemployed roofer "Mark Dawson".[27] From August 30 to September 8, during a nine-game Cubs' homestand, Ricketts worked a number of jobs at the ballpark, selling hot dogs, operating the scoreboard, picking up trash, and cleaning toilets. He was fired from his maintenance job during the episode.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Ricketts is married to French-Canadian Sylvie Légère.[9][28] His siblings are Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Lambda Legal board member Laura Ricketts, and Incapital CEO Thomas S. Ricketts.[29]

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Todd Ricketts moves up to major leagues of government". Chicago Sun Times. November 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sweet, Lynn (November 30, 2016). "Trump taps Cubs' Todd Ricketts for deputy Commerce post". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ a b "Cubs' Todd Ricketts withdraws name for Trump's Cabinet". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  4. ^ a b Todd Ricketts named new RNC Finance Chairman -
  5. ^ "Thomas S. Ricketts". Forbes Biographies. Forbes. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  6. ^ "#371 J. Joseph Ricketts – The Forbes 400 Richest Americans 2009". Forbes. September 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "Todd Ricketts, Cubs co-owner, picked to serve as deputy commerce secretary". Chicago Tribune. November 30, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Sweet, Lynn (November 24, 2016). "Sweet: Cubs' Todd Ricketts in line for deputy Commerce secretary". Chicago Sun-Times.
  9. ^ a b Feldman, Kate (January 19, 2016). "Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts blasts 'obnoxious' Mets fans". NY Daily News.
  10. ^ a b Gutierrez, Carl (2009-01-25). "Ricketts Wriggling Into Wrigley Field". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  11. ^ "Ricketts family is winning Cubs bidder: $900M". tribunedigital-chicagobreakingnews. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  12. ^ Held, Tom (August 5, 2011). "Cubs owner leads charity bike tour from Wrigley Field to Miller Park". Journal Sentinel Inc. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  13. ^ Foley, T. R. (June 28, 2010). "A Ride With Todd Ricketts". Rodale Inc. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Sweet, Lynn (April 16, 2014). "Scott Walker picks up backing from Todd Ricketts at Wilmette barbecue" (May 20, 2015). Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  15. ^ Overby, Peter (September 1, 2015). "A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle". NPR. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  16. ^ "Ending Spending Action Fund". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  17. ^ a b Pearson, Rick (November 18, 2016). "Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to meet with Donald Trump". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016.
  18. ^ Sweet, Lynn (May 20, 2015). "Scott Walker picks up backing from Todd Ricketts at Wilmette barbecue". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  19. ^ CNN, Eric Bradner, John King, Dana Bash and Jeff Zeleny. "Scott Walker drops out of 2016 race". CNN. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  20. ^ a b "After opposing Trump in primaries, Ricketts family donates $1M to support him". WGN-TV. September 20, 2016. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Back in February, Trump sent out a tweet that read, 'I hear the Rickets [sic] family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!'
  21. ^ Mojica, Nicholas (November 24, 2016). "Trump Cabinet: Todd Ricketts To Be Named Deputy Commerce Secretary? 5 Fast Facts About Chicago Cubs Co-Owner". International Business Times.
  22. ^ Riopell, Mike (2016-05-21). "Republicans call for unity at convention ahead of important November election". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  23. ^ "Co-owner of Cubs to meet with Trump". Chicago Business. November 18, 2016.
  24. ^ Johnson, Eliana; Nussbaum, Matthew (November 24, 2016). "Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts likely deputy commerce secretary". Politico. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  25. ^ "TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. Executive Profile". Wall Street Journal.
  26. ^ a b Rosenthal, Phil (November 3, 2010). "'Undercover Boss' Todd Ricketts cleans toilets at Wrigley Field". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016.
  27. ^ "Chicago Cubs Exec Throws a Curve on 'Undercover Boss'". AOL Finance. November 6, 2010.
  28. ^ "SHARING A PASSION FOR CYCLING". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Todd Ricketts". Retrieved March 13, 2017.

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