Eric Lefkofsky, a billionaire businessman, began life in September, 1969. born to a Jewish family in Southfield,Michigan. He went to camp as a child and later, in his teens, he was a staff person there. He attended Southfield- Lathrup High Scchool and graduated in 1987. Lefkofsky then graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991. After this he attended this university’s law school, graduating in 1993. He married his wife, Elizabeth, in 1997 and they went on to have three children.
Eric founded many companies in the years following his graduation from college. He and a friend bought a clothing business in Wisconsin in 1993. They went on to form an online business called Starbelly in 1997. Eric became Chief Executive Officer of Starbelly then one year later the company went belly up. He cofounded Inner Workings in 2001 and worked there until 2012. He cofounded Echo Global Logistics in February, 2005, with his friend and partner, Brad Keywell. They later merged two companies, called Mediaocean, in a $1.5 billion deal. In 2010, they formed Lightbank, then he developed his company, Tempus, for which he became CEO. Tempus is a technology company which helps medical professionals to provide personalised care for cancer patients. And there are many other companies Eric developed not mentioned here.
Lefkofsky took part in many philanthropic causes, forming The Lefkofsky family Foundation with his wife in 2006. They devoted the foundation mostly to kids. The foundation has donated money to 50 different charities thus far. Then, in 2013, Eric and Elizabeth joined The Giving Pledge which was created in 2010. Its purpose is to get wealthy people to contribute to charities. Today, $365 billion has been donated.
Eric has given back to his community over the years. Presently, he is on the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is on the board of directors for many other organizations and in May of 2008, he took part in a committee to hold the 2016 Summer Olympics. Lefkofsky went on to write a book called Accelerated Disruption which describes how technology impacts businesses. This man, along with being an entrepreneur, is also obviously a good man, as there was not enough room in this article to list all of his endeavors. He is obviously a humanitarian as well.
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