Eric Lefkofsky: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Billionaire

Eric is an entrepreneur with an aim to make a difference from all his good fortune. He is the co-founder of Tempus where he is also the CEO right now. Apart from that, he has also dabbled in other companies like:

  • Groupon where he is a co-founder and the Chairman
  • Echo Global Logistics where he is a co-founder
  • InnerWorkings
  • Uptake
  • Lightbank where he is a co-founder

All these shows just how much he likes to invest. He has apparently done a good job because as you can see, he is successful and wherever he goes, whatever he touches, it all turns to gold.

Alma Mater

Eric Lefkofsky was raised in Michigan where he went to high school. He graduated from Southfield- Lathrup High school and then went on to attend the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors in the year 1991.

He then went on to University of Michigan Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1993. He is obviously a brilliant man having shown his prowess in school.

History of Lefkofsky

He started off by selling carpets at the University of Michigan and then later with a friend, borrowed money to buy a company called Brandon Apparel which they sold to StarBelly where he went to work as a Chief Operating Officer until the company went bankrupt and faced lawsuits.

He then went on to found InnerWorkings in 2001, and he has been with this one ever since as the board director until 2012. In 2005, with his friend Keywell from back in the University, they created a logistics company, ECHO which then went public.

In 2006, they then again founded MediaBank, a technology company that buys media. It usually works to provide advertising buyers with the aspects of;

  • Planning
  • The buying process
  • The finance and account management

Then in February 2012, there was a merger between this company MediaBank and Donavan Data Systems which became Mediaocean in a deal estimated at $1.5 billion. He also formed the company Groupon which was originally called The Point. This was then named by Forbes as the fastest-growing company in history.

This company was the biggest since the days of Google, and they even turned down an offer from Google of $6 billion.

Philanthropy

Together with his wife, they formed the Lefkofsky Foundation which is a charitable trust to support charitable, educational, and scientific and all causes in the world that matter. He founded Tempus which is a technology company that enables doctors and physicians to provide cancer care that is personalized to be effective. He is the CEO and more Facebook on Eric.