Blair Hull is the founder of The Hull Group (formerly known as the Hull Trading Company), an international electronic trading company, and current Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Matlock Capital, a Chicago investment firm focusing on financial engineering, systems, and investment. The Hull Group was sold in 1999 to Goldman, Sachs, and Co. Hull is a Vietnam War veteran, was a high school math and physics teacher, and served on the national board of National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL). Hull began making his fortune after leaving grad school through winning at BlackJack, winning $25,000 which he then used to work on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange (PSE).
Blair Hull is primarily known for his involvement in the 2004 Democratic Primary election. Though a February CBS2/WBBM poll by SurveyUSA showed him leading 29% to 19% by closest challengers Barack Obama and Dan Hynes, when newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, began reporting on his divorce files, claiming he had abused his wife, his support plummeted and he finished on March 16 with just 10% of the vote. As the Claremont Institute concluded, pressure from journalists and opposing candidates forced him to release his divorce records.
Anita Dunn, a dedicated Maoist who worked on Barack Obama's campaign and held a White House position, formerly worked on Hull's campaign as a media strategist. Blair Hull was identified as 'Candidate C' in the famous Blagojevich scandal to sell Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
Mr. Hull is Pro-Choice, supports Affirmative Action, opposes the Death Penalty, supports universal health care, and opposes privatization of Social Security. He also opposes tax cuts for the wealthy.
- Partner in the Democracy Alliance
- Serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
- Member of the Board of Trustees for the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation
- Served on National Board of Directors for NARAL
- 1992-1998: Served on Board of the Options Clearing Corporation
- 1988-1990: Served on Board of Directors for Chicago Board Options Exchange
From 1993-2002, Blair Hull gave $757,000 to Illinois political candidates, nearly all of it to Democrats.
Contributions can also be seen at the Huffington Post's Hull Campaign Contributions search page, powered by FundRace2008.
- Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara
- Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University (1967-1969)
- Graduated from Harvard OPM program
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- Navroz Patel, "From Politics to Portfolios," Risk Magazine, March 1, 2005.
- "SurveyUSA Poll," SurveyUSA.
- Jeremiah Calvino, "Barack Obama is the next Senator from Illinois and the only African American currently in the Senate-Saturday, February 28," ILSenate.com.
- Matt Barnum, "Remember Blair Hull? Barack Obama does," Chicago Maroon, November 14, 2006.
- William Voegeli, "The Rise and Fall of Blair Hull," The Claremont Institute, March 19, 2004.
- "Illinois Senate Race-2004," ILSenateRace.com.
- Steve Rhodes, "Meet Senate Candidate C: Blair Hull," NBC Chicago, August 4, 2009.
- "Blair Hull-The Issues," ILSenateRace.com.