Caught scamming customers, Ken Griffin settles with the SEC.


Citadel Securities has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Citadel belongs to billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin. The price tag for the agreement is $22.6 million.

The SEC said Citadel and Griffin misled customers.

That’s a nice way of saying he cheated them.

While admitting neither guilt or innocence, why would an innocent man pay $22.6 million?


The SEC found that between 2007 and 2010, Citadel used two algorithms to execute stock trades on customers’ behalf that gave investors a worse price for their trades, even when Citadel knew better prices existed elsewhere. The SEC penalized Citadel for failing to disclose the use of those algorithms to clients.

“This affected millions of retail orders,” said Stephanie Avakian, the acting director of enforcement at the SEC.

Griffin is Illinois’ richest man and one of the wealthiest guys in the world.

He is a pal and contributor to both Democrat Rahm Emanuel and Republican Bruce Rauner.

While Illinois may be broke, its richest man sure isn’t. Even after paying a measly $22 million fine to the SEC.

Teachers may get furloughed, but Ken is doing great.

As someone who makes his money from hedge funds he pays a smaller state income tax rate than you do.

Unfazed by his SEC troubles, Griffin has recently been active in the Florida real estate market.

Chicago billionaire philanthropist Ken Griffin has paid $85 million for an oceanfront estate in Palm Beach, Fla., that neighbors property he already owns there.

It’s the second-highest-dollar single real estate transaction ever, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. First was a 2008 deal by President-elect Donald Trump, who sold a renovated mansion in the area for a $95 million.

Griffin, the founder of the Chicago-based hedge fund company Citadel and the market-maker Citadel Securities, plans to build a massive estate. The vacation home will straddle the two properties he now owns and will be designed by San Francisco-based architect Ugo Sap.

The Daily News says Griffin now owns more than 12 acres of contiguous land with about 871 feet of oceanfront. The tab for all that property: $229.85 million.


9 thoughts on “Caught scamming customers, Ken Griffin settles with the SEC.

  1. It looks a lot like Frontrunning which is trading before your customers because you know what your customer is going to do….it used to be a big no no but this settlement is so vague I am not sure what he did. The SEC has not been sending much at all to Justice. They seem to all be trying to settle before Friday.

  2. Most of them are. I just went through Forbes and the major sources of wealth beyond inheritance are parasitic financial services…..its a rip America off crowd not a make America great group.

  3. Anon….you happened to overlook Hillary! We so easily forget when it’s a republican who is doing the scam.

    1. While I’m not a fan of Hillary’s past support of neo-liberal economic policies which, I’m sure, you love and embrace with all your heart, the congressional Republicans even looked at the follicles of her nose hairs to uncover some kind of real “scam.” They didn’t find anything. That’s really surprising since the Republicans are the supreme “scam” artists and should easily recognize one when they sniff it even before they see it. Just look at your (our?) incoming president

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