Henry Kravis ’69
Cofounder, Co-chairman, and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; Co-chair, Board of Overseers, Columbia Business School


Henry R. Kravis ’69, one of the pioneers in the private equity industry, cofounded Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in 1976. For over 35 years, Mr. Kravis, along with KKR cofounder George Roberts, has led the firm’s growth into a leading global investment firm. He previously worked in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Company, becoming a partner at 30.

Mr. Kravis serves as a member of the board of directors of First Data Corporation and the China International Capital Corporation Limited. He also serves as a director or trustee of several cultural and educational institutions, including the Partnership for New York City, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is co-chairman of the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a nonprofit organization he founded in 1996 to create jobs and help small businesses in New York City.

Mr. Kravis was appointed an officer of the French Legion of Honor by former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy. He has received honorary doctorates from Claremont McKenna College, Bank Street College, and Monmouth College.