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1955 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Arthur Rubloff*

Chairman of the Board
Arthur Rubloff and Company

"Don't forget where you came from, and give back to those in need."

At the age of 12, Arthur Rubloff left grade school to make his way in the world. He shined shoes, sold papers, was a pin boy in a bowling alley for 50 cents a day, and worked as a galley boy on a Great Lakes freighter for 18 months. After moving to Chicago and working at a few odd jobs, he entered the real estate business. In 1930, he used his meager savings to organize his own company. Rubloff and Company became one of the largest real estate firms in the nation. He became known as "the man who changed Chicago" with his master plan for the North Loop, the redevelopment of Old Town, and the Carl Sandburg Village. He also developed Hyde Park's University Gardens. By the 1980s, the company had major projects in a dozen U. S. cities.

* Deceased