HENRY R. KRAVIS ’69
Henry Kravis (b. 1944) earned a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College, California (1967), and an MBA from Columbia Business School (1969). While at the Business School, Mr. Kravis was also vice president of Katy Industries, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he designed and implemented its acquisition program. He then joined Bear Stearns & Co., where he became a partner, and remained there until 1976, when he and two partners founded Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), a firm that pioneered the development of private equity.
Mr. Kravis has been involved in the largest and most successful acquisitions via private equity. These include RJR Nabisco, Beatrice, Safeway, Duracell, Owens-Illinois, Autozone, TXU, First Data, Toys R US and Dollar General, among others. In total, his firm has completed over 165 transactions with a total acquisition price of approximately $422 billion. KKR has eight offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Kravis has served or is serving on numerous corporate boards of directors, including RJR Nabisco, Safeway, Gillette, Borden, Owens-Illinois and Tarkett S.A. He is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He founded and is co-chairman of the New York City Investment Fund, which was designed to create jobs and help small businesses in New York City, particularly in the inner city. The New York City Investment Fund is a private entity which also works closely with the administration of New York City and New York State in helping to make New York City a better place to live and work.
Mr. Kravis also serves on the boards of The Partnership of New York City, where he was co-chairman; Mount Sinai Hospital; Public Television Channel 13/WNET New York, for which he served as chairman of the board; Columbia Graduate School of Business, where he serves as co-chairman of the Board; Rockefeller University, where he serves as vice chairman; and Claremont McKenna College, where he founded the Kravis Leadership Institute and has served as its chairman. He has established the Kravis Prize in Leadership given annually to an international, not for profit organization that demonstrates leadership, creativity, and sustainability. He and his wife, Marie-Josée, live in New York City, and he has two children.
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