Mr. Philip F. Anschutz
This year’s awardee Mr. Philip F. Anschutz, not only represents the essence of the Distinguished German-American Award, but he also will be the first Volga-German descendant to receive this award.
A native of Russell, Kansas, Mr. Anschutz graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 with a degree in business. He is owner of The Anschutz Corporation, based in Denver, Colorado. He is a governor of the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer and an executive member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Anschutz is a committed philanthropist. He serves as chairman of the board of The Anschutz Foundation; is a trustee of The Kansas University Endowment Association; an emeritus trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; a lifetime honorary trustee of The American Museum of Natural History, New York; and an alumnus member of the Smithsonian National Board, Washington, D.C. He has served on boards and committees of various charitable, civic, industry, and financial organizations.
Mr. Anschutz’s grandfather, Carl Anschutz, was a Volga German who emigrated to the United States from Samara, Russia in 1878. In America, he became a businessman and investor. Mr. Anschutz’s great-grandfather, Christian Anschutz, was born in the same province in 1835.