Eric Lefkofsky is a successful American businessman from Southfield, Michigan. After graduating high school, Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan. He then continued on to the University of Michigan Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1993. Once he was out of college, Lefkofsky and a college friend, Brad Keywell, borrowed money to buy a clothing company, Brandon Apparel. They then continued on to create an online company, Starbelly that specialized in promotional products. Since then, Lefkofsky has founded or co-founded 13 companies, including: Mediaocean, Groupon, Tempus, Innerworkings, Uptake, Lightbank, and Echo Global Logistics.
His companies span multiple industries, such as e-commerce, marketing, technology, and even healthcare.Beyond his working ability to create successful business, Lefkofsky is highly involved in improving the community. With his wife Liz, Lefkofsky founded the Lefkofsky foundation in 2006. This is a charitable foundation with a focus of improving quality of human life. The initiatives of the Lefkofsky foundation focus on ensuring equal access to education, equal rights for women, medical research, as well as expanding cultural initiatives.
In 2013, Lefkofsky and his wife also became members of The Giving Pledge, a public commitment to donating most of their wealth to the philanthropic causes.In addition, Lefkofsky is on the board of directors at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute of Chicago, and trustee of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is also a board member of World Business Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is not only a successful businessman and entrepreneur, but a philanthropist that enjoys contributing to his community.