Billionaire Ken Griffin – the CEO of the investment firm Citadel – slammed schools indoctrinating children and for pushing a “woke ideology.”
Griffin made the statements during a conversation with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Monday.
“My children went to a phenomenal school in Chicago … but their indoctrination in woke ideology was crushing,” Griffin said during the talk hosted by The Economic Club of Miami.
“They came home very confused about whether or not the United States was a good country,” Griffin stated.
Griffin revealed that his son was punished for giving an Asian student a compliment.
“And they came home confused about what they could or couldn’t say to a student who was Asian or otherwise of color.” he continued. “My son was reprimanded for telling an Asian student he was good at math – for stereotyping.”
Griffin pointed out, “And it’s unbelievable to see how that destroys the minds of children who are otherwise innocent and good and don’t think about these kinds of things.”
In June, Griffin announced that Citadel’s global headquarters was being relocated from Chicago to Florida. He intends on constructing a $1 billion Citadel office in Miami.
Griffin – who has a net worth of more than $32 billion – is now the richest person in Florida.
Politics played a role in Griffin’s move.
Griffin donated nearly $60 million to federal Republican candidates in the midterm elections, roughly half of the over $128 million that George Soros gave to Democrats.
Earlier this week, Griffin endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president in the 2024 election.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do. It’s a huge personal decision,” Griffin told Politico of DeSantis. “He has a tremendous record as governor of Florida, and our country would be well-served by him as president.”
Bloomberg reported in September, “Griffin said he ‘will definitively be involved in the presidential race,’ and won’t rule out a move to Washington. If called upon — particularly if the U.S. is in a recession — he’s prepared to join the cabinet of DeSantis, whom he first met in Citadel’s Chicago office during his initial gubernatorial run. One option may be Treasury secretary, a position he said the Trump administration had asked him to discuss, but he declined.”
Griffin may not want to move to Washington, D.C. because he said his children are thriving in Florida. He said the Sunshine State has “great schools, a great environment, and your streets are safe and clean.”
“Watching them transform here in school in Miami is perhaps the greatest gift Miami has given my family,” Griffin said on Monday.
He added that Florida is a “great value.”