The Amazing Life of Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who was born on September 2nd in 1969. He grew up in South part of Michigan and after graduating High School in 1987, he attended the University of Michigan. Lefkofsky graduated in 1991 with honors and then continued on with law school at the University of Michigan Law School. He graduated from law school in 1993 and received his Juris Doctor.
Lefkofsky has co-founded many different companies including: Groupon where he is also a chairman, Tempus where he is also a CEO, Uptake, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, and also Lightbank. Before this, he started his entrepreneurial career by selling carpet at his college, the University of Michigan. Once he graduated college, him and a friend bought a clothes company that was located in Wisconsin. Later on, in 1999, Lefkofsky and this same friend created an internet company which specialized in different promotional products. It was then, in 2001, that Lefkofsky co-founded his first large company, InnerWorkings. He stayed a part of the board of directors all of the way until 2012, where he then later became the CEO of Groupon. Check also this builtinchicago.org.
In 2006, Lefkofsky and Elizabeth, his wife, started a charitable trust. This trust was known as the Lefkofsky Foundation. The purpose was to support educational, scientific, and charitable organizations and the different causes around the world, with a focus on children. Eric and Elizabeth’s foundation has helped over 50 different organizations and later on in 2013, they joined the Giving Pledge. For more see linkedin.com.
Eric Lefkofsky has many different interests within his community. He is a part of the board of directors for the Children’s Memorial Hospital, which is located in Chicago. He is also a part of the board of directors for The Art Institute of Chicago as well as The Museum of Science and Industry. Eric Lefkofsky is also a trustee for a Chicago performing arts institution which is known as Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In May of 2008, Lefkofsky became a part of the committee who worked to try and bring the 2016 summer olympics to Chicago. It is easy to see the Lefkofsky is very invested within his community.