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Billionaire Bluhm plays his ace of hearts

Mar 02, 2015 - Crain's Chicago Business

Neil Bluhm has built a real estate empire of high-rises, shopping malls and casinos. But the project the billionaire identifies with most is the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

Ten years ago, he gave the institute $10 million. Recently, the facility, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was ranked 13th in the nation among heart centers by U.S. News & World Report.

"The statistics are amazing," he says, noting that the institute's cardiac surgery cases have quadrupled in 10 years t...