Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who has created and successfully grown many different companies and charitable organizations. He is the cofounder and CEO of Tempus, a technology company that built an operating system to battle cancer, the cofounder of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technologies, the cofounder and chairman of Groupon, a global e-commerce marketplace, as well as being involved in the creation and management of many other companies and ventures. A highly successful man with a humble heart and extreme sense of family and community, Eric Lefkofsky has set the business and financial world on fire with his history of founding, creating and selling various businesses to become the billionaire he is today.
Born in Michigan he now resides in Chicago with his wife. He has a strong sense of community and serves with the board of directors of many medical and cultural organizations in the Chicago area, including the Childrens Memorial Hospital, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. He provides financial support as well as sound ideas and strong beliefs to benefit the community at whole.In 2006 Eric Lefkofsky created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation with his wife. The purpose of this charitable organization was to provide financial assistance to help advance high-impact initiatives in the communities they served. They have assisted with over 50 charitable, scientific and educational organizations and causes throughout the world.
His most recent business venture, Tempus, is due to set the medical community and cancer research in a new direction. Using high tech genomic sequencing equipment and proprietary algorithms this company will be able to study and understand tumors and cancer on an all new level. This allows doctors to provide specialized and unique treatments for individual cancer patients, with the long term goals to find a vaccine for cancer or the total eradication of cancer all together.Eric Lefkofsky is an extremely wealthy man on all accounts but he is one whose wealth makes him more passionate about giving back. Together with his wife, they have joined The Giving Pledge; a commitment to give away half of their wealth towards charitable and philanthropic endeavours during their lifetime. They have provided millions in donations through their foundation as well as directly to other cancer research organizations and hospitals.