Henry Kravis, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. | Part 1

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Henry Kravis of the world’s greatest business leaders and philanthropists. He co-founded one of the most renown global investment companies, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR) in 1976 and currently serves as KKR’s Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kravis has been referred to as the father of private equity, an industry that he helped pioneer. Under the leadership of Henry Kravis, KKR has grown to a $200B private equity giant with substantial investment interest in over 100 companies and nearly a million employees around the world.

Mr. Kravis currently serves on the boards of First Data Corporation and ICONIQ Capital, LLC. He also serves as a director, chairman emeritus, or trustee of several other cultural, professional, and educational institutions, including the Business Council, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia Business School (co-chairman), Mount Sinai Hospital, the Partnership for New York City (former chairman), the Partnership Fund for New York City (founder), Rockefeller University (vice chairman), Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (chairman), and the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in China.


Through KKR, Henry helped to pioneer private equity as a fund option, and since his first private equity leverage buyout in the 70s, the market has exploded with hundreds of small private equity firms vying with firms like Blackstone, Apollo, and KKR.

“KKR has expanded into new business segments since the launch of their first private equity fund. The company holds investments in a wide range of income-producing real estate throughout the United States. This includes office rentals, retail spaces and health care properties. In 2013, KKR raised $1.2 billion for a real estate investment fund. KKR also constructs and manages hedge funds. The firm was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2010 and raised $1.25 billion from its initial public offering (IPO).” –Investopia article.

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