A Chicago businessman, Richard Kaplan has overseen the real estate investment firm Syndicated Equities for nearly 30 years and has been active in Chicago real estate for over 40 years. Between Syndicated Equities and the other companies he has founded, Richard Kaplan has participated in over $3 billion of real estate transactions, including transactions involving commercial and residential properties nationwide, condominium and apartment developments, Section 1031 exchanges, and global real estate opportunity funds. He also designed and implemented Syndicated Equities' Syndicated Access Funds, a series of global, real estate opportunity fund-of-funds.
Before beginning his real estate career, Kaplan attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor of arts in psychology. In 1972 he founded Kaplan & Associates Realtors, which assisted thousands of clients in the acquisition and sale of both personal and investment properties. After 14 years Kaplan successfully sold the company in 1986, and the same year he founded Syndicated Equities. Over the course of his multi-decade career, He has served on the Board of Directors for Cole Taylor Bank and as the President of The Standard Club of Chicago, where he is still an active member.