Successful CEO and businessman Eric Lefkofsky, born September 2, 1969, is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist who is the co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers. He is also the co-founder of Lightbank, Echo Global Logistics (ECHO).
Background and Education
Eric Lefkofsky’s father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who came to the United States in the 1950s. His mother is an American of Irish and French descent. He has three brothers, one of whom is also a businessman, and two sisters. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from The Field School at Andover with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1990 and from Harvard College with an M.B.A. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1994 and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review that same year when he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Eric Lefkofsky worked in Dahlberg & Lefkofsky in New York City. He then joined the New York Law Journal as an associate editor and then became a partner at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. As an entrepreneur, Lefkofsky has been involved in many different companies over the years.
Eric Lefkofsky has made significant donations to Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he has been a professor since 2001. He is also the recipient of two honorary doctorates from both schools: one from the University of Warwick for his contributions to entrepreneurship and one from the University of Miami for improving education for children from underserved communities who are at-risk of dropping out of school. When Eric Lefkofsky was asked about his success, he said, “I never thought I was going to be a billionaire.” He attributed his success to hard work and the support of family and friends. His advice for those who aspire to be successful is, “Never give up.”