Richard H. Driehaus

A Multi-Faceted Individual

Richard H. Driehaus was born and raised in Chicago. A man with a multitude of interests and causes, Mr. Driehaus made a significant impact in both business and charity. Within the investment management industry, he earned a reputation for posting top investment results and for building an enduring boutique investment management firm that bears his name. Outside of business, he had focused his attention and energy on a variety of philanthropic and community service-oriented projects, individually and through the efforts of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trusts.


“His path and personal story were larger than life, and the impact he made as an investor is perhaps only rivaled by the extensive legacy he left as a philanthropist”

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Richard H. Driehaus Founded Driehaus Capital Management LLC.


Richard H. Driehaus was named to Barron's "All-Century" Team of 25 individuals identified as the most influential within the mutual fund industry over the past 100 years.


In 2014, Mr. Driehaus gave a speech at DePaul University, his alma mater. He talked about his experiences at DePaul and shared some of his thoughts about investing.

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on the Gilded Age.


The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation in neighborhoods throughout Chicago.

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Awards and Honors

Acanthus Award of Appreciation, ICAA Midwest Chapter, 2015
Honorary Member, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, 2015 (induction)
INTBAU Visionary Supporter Award, presented by HRH Prince Charles and the
International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, 2015
Angel Guild Award, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, 2013
Admission to the Freedom of the City of London, 2012
Inducted into The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass, London, 2012
Legendary Landmark Award, Landmarks Illinois, 2009
Restore America Hero Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2008
Benjamin H. Marshall Prize, Benjamin H. Marshall Society, 2008
Soane Foundation Honor, The Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, 2007
Landmark Preservation Award, Landmarks Illinois, 2002
Unity Award, Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, 1995

Award for Excellence in Architectural Stewardship, Society of Architectural Historians, 2016
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Architects, Chicago, 2015
Emerald Ball Honoree, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 2011
Trustee Award, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 2009
AIA Presidential Citation, The American Institute of Architects, 2006
Jens Jensen Award, Chicago Park District, 2005
Leadership Award, Lakefront Supportive Housing, 2004

Honorary Member, The Cliff Dwellers, 2018
Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award, Audience Architects, 2016
Ambassador Award, Chicago Dramatists, 2013
25 @ 25, Arts & Business Council of Chicago, 2010
Distinguished Service Honoree, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 2009
Illinois Arts Legend Award, Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, 2005
Corporate Award for Excellence in the Arts, DePaul Theatre School, 2000

The Founders Award, Children at the Crossroads Foundation, 2018
Order of Lincoln Award, The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, 2017
Jerry Gleason Achievement Award, Ed Kelly Sports Program, 2015
Horatio Alger Award, Horatio Alger Association, 2013
Norman H. Stone Award, Emergency Fund, 2010
Corporate Honoree, Youth Advocacy Awards, UCAN, 2010
Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, Saint Xavier University, 2009
Shield of St. Xavier Award, Saint Xavier University, 2006
Honorary Doctorate, DePaul University, 2002

ACG Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Corporate Growth, 2017
Distinguished Philanthropist Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2009
Theodor Herzl Award, Jerusalem Fund, 2004
Man of Vision Award, Midwest Eye-Banks, 2003
Mary Potter Humanitarian Award, Little Company of Mary Hospital, 1999

In 2017, Mr. Driehaus gave a speech for the CFA Institute. The speech is titled "Darwin, the Markets, and Me: The Power of Direct Observation".

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