As Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving,” Eric Lefkofsky actually believes in this saying. A billionaire by profession and a giving person at heart, he has won hearts of many people by his philanthropic work.
Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur and Chicago’s most influential tech figure, who has donated million of dollars in a variety of educational as well as scientific organizations. Currently, he is taking a smarter approach to starting up a new mission of curing cancer called Tempus.
Something about his Past and present
Eric Lefkofsky was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan. After completing his high school from Southfield-Lathrup in 1987, he attended the University of Michigan and graduated with an honors degree in 1991. After completing his degree, he even attended law school till 1993.
Lefkofsky started his business career by selling carpets at the University of Michigan. After law school, he decided to start his entrepreneurial venture with his college friend, Brad Keywell. Relatives loaned him money to start an apparel company in Wisconsin, named Bandon Apparel. However, it ended up in a massive failure. Later he invested in e-commerce start-ups namely Groupon, InnerWorking as well as Lightbank and earned a fortune. His latest venture Tempus is just out of furtiveness mode. Check also www.forbes.com/profile/eric-lefkofsky
What is Tempus?
Tempus is the new venture Eric Lefkofsky has been working on since he stepped down as a CEO from Groupon. This new start-up is a smart initiative to cure cancer by providing modernized infrastructure that will help healthcare professionals make real-time treatment decisions by analyzing patient’s genetic code. Click Tempus.com.
His philanthropic endeavors
As mentioned above, Eric Lefkofsky believes in earning and giving back to the society and The Lefkofsky Foundation is the testimony of their charitable efforts. The organization started in the year 2006 by Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz. The primary mission of this foundation is to extend their support to children regarding education and health. Till date, the foundation has donated million of dollars to more than 50 organizations.
Eric Lefkofksy is not only associated with his foundation but is also on the board of all directors of various other organizations as well like Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Though large amounts have been donated towards cancer research during this life, he also supports other spheres of life like arts and culture. That is the reason; he has secured his place as one of the directors of these organizations as well, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and a Chicago-based theatre company.
Eric Lefkofsky has achieved high scales in life and still striving to make more. As rightly once said by him, “Building a business isn’t easy. Selling a billion of anything isn’t easy. After all, a billion is a big number”.
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