Born into a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan Eric Lefkofksy went right to college after graduating high school in 1987. He attended the University of Michigan and obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1991. His continued his studies and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.Fast forward 10 years and he became the co-founder of several successful startups, Eric Lefkofsky has certainly made a huge impact in the fields of science and technology.
From the time of his first carpet business while in college to his current involvement with Tempus, Mr. Lefkofsky continues to share his innovative ideas with the entire world through his work. An excellent example of this involves his tenure with Uptake. While there he managed to improve many other businesses’ overall safety and operations. All in all, this has allowed Uptake to accumulate a value of more than $2 billion. After making sure that Uptake had a firm grasp of things, he created his next venture named Lightbank with his long-time business partner Mr. Keywell. His Lightbank capital firm immediately took off and allowed the ability to invest capital in more than 100 companies. If that isn’t enough, Mr. Lefkofsky went to bring his latest idea to light, Tempus. With Tempus, Lefkofsky is the current chairman and has continued to play an intricate role in the companies development and implementation of data to help fight cancer.
Besides being very involved with science and technology, Eric Lefkofsky has also been involved in many philanthropic contributions. These contributions all stemmed from his Lefkofsky Family Foundation that he created with his wife Liz in 2006. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation currently prides itself with the advancement of initiatives that give back to the communities that it serves. Along with charitable work through his foundation, Eric Lefkofsky is also a current Trustee of The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Lefkofsky also holds the position of Board of Trustees Chairman for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Michigan.