Henry R. Kravis

* Henry R. Kravis ’69

Co-founder, Co-chairman, and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Co-chair, Board of Overseers, Columbia Business School

Henry R. Kravis is co-founder, co-chairman, and co-CEO Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR), a leading global investment firm. Mr. Kravis is actively involved in managing the firm and serves on its investment and portfolio management committees.

Prior to co-founding KKR, Mr. Kravis worked in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Company from 1969 to 1976, becoming a partner at age 30. During this time, he, along with George Roberts and Jerry Kohlberg, originated what is now known as private equity.

Mr. Kravis currently serves on the boards of First Data Corporation and ICONIQ Capital LLC. Mr. Kravis is chairman of the Business Council and also serves as a director, chairman emeritus, or trustee of several other cultural, professional, and educational institutions, including Claremont McKenna College, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Partnership for New York City (former chairman), the Partnership Fund for New York City (founder), Rockefeller University (vice chairman), Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (chairman), and the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in China.

Mr. Kravis founded the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, where he established the Kravis Prize in Leadership, which honors leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Mr. Kravis earned a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

He was appointed an officer of the French Legion of Honour by President Sarkozy. In addition, he has received honorary doctorates from Claremont McKenna College, Bank Street College, and Monmouth College.

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