Christopher "Topher" Merrill

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Christopher “Topher” Merrill​

Base Partner & Board Chair


Topher is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Harrison Street, a real estate private equity firm that manages more than $20 billion of client assets. Recently, Harrison Street partnered with Colliers International Group (“CIGI”) to help further the firm’s global expansion.

Topher lives in Winnetka with his wife Peyton and their three children, and is involved in the civic community through the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Commonwealth Club and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

In addition, Topher serves on the board of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Chicago Botanical Garden. He is also an active angel investor in many early stage businesses throughout the Chicagoland area.

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