Erick Lefkofsky: Making a Great Difference in the Business and Charitable Worlds

Erick Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur with several companies. In recent a report of Forbes, he is worth around $1.58 billion. He is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus, a technology firm with a built-in operating system that battles cancer. He is the managing director and co-founder of Lightbank, a venture capital company for disruptive technologies. He is also the Chairman and co-founder of Groupon, a well-known international e-commerce marketplace, and the co-founder of Uptake Technologies, a leader in predictive analytics company of the world’s largest industries. And he is the co-founder of InnerWorkings (INWK), Echo Global Logistics (ECHO), and Mediaocean. He is also a co-founder of Chicago-based venture capital firm, Lightbank.

 

Philanthropy and Community Pursuits

 

In addition to his expansive resume of businesses, he gives his time and money to help worthwhile charities. In 2006, he and his wife, Elizabeth, established a charitable trust called the Lefkofsky Foundation. This foundation is established to support charitable, educational, and scientific organizations and causes worldwide. The foundation possesses a focus on children, and this foundation has funded over 50 organizations. In May 2008, Lefkofsky joined the committee to bring in the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago. And in 2013, Lefkofsky and his spouse joined The Giving Pledge also.

 

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lefkofsky also participates greatly in other community interests, as well as being an adjunct professor for the University of Chicago. He serves the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as a Trustee, and he also serves on the board for the World Business Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a performing arts institution in Chicago.

 

Education and Early Life

 

Lefkofsky was born on September 2, 1969, and he was raised in Southfield, Michigan. He graduated from the Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987. Afterwards, he attended and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors in 1991. He then continued to attend the University of Michigan Law School in which he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993.

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