As President Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod has made the move to Washington. His son Michael, however, has chosen to stay in Chicago. Michael, 27, is the founder of Grant Park Global, a firm that “assists Chicago-based companies and decision makers in removing access barriers in specific international markets.”
It’s those international markets that he enjoys most. He has traveled to dozens of countries and has even developed a working relationship with President Leonel Fernández of the Dominican Republic.
Still, his heart belongs here. “Chicago is the epitome of an American urban setting— diverse, forward-thinking and warm and welcoming toward everyone.”
Naturally, his love for politics hit him early. It was when he attended the funeral of his father’s former boss—Chicago’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington—as a child that he “was struck by the emotion and the effect that a political leader could have.”
Of course, a life in the spotlight isn’t without its drama—like when he found himself in an off-the-court altercation with the NBA’s Antonio Davis at a Bulls-Knicks game. But, much like his spin doctor father, Michael prefers to control the message. “No comment,” he wisely says.