Eric Lefkofsky, born in 1969, grew up in Southfield, Michigan and studied to become a lawyer. After earning his Juris Doctor in 1993 from the University of Michigan Law School, his trajectory changed. Although Lefkofsky started with a traditional career choice, he had an entrepreneurial mindset from a young age. Since then, he has founded major tech companies that have gone public—most notably, Groupon— and has acquired an impressive $1.65 billion in net worth. Currently ranked #374 on Forbes 400 list this year, Lefkofsky earned the impressive title from the success of Groupon and since become one of Chicago’s most influential tech gurus.
While he is still very much in the tech industry, Lefkofsky’s sights have veered towards another direction: health. His next vision is to focus on Tempus, a health-tech startup. Tempus was created with a goal to build the infrastructure for the modernization of cancer treatment. Working with a prominent Venture Capital firm in Chicago, Lightbank, Lefkofsky is optimistic about the future of cancer treatment. Bringing in his wealth of knowledge and experience in data science, Lefkofsky wants to assist healthcare professionals to make decisions and provide the best treatment possible based on the genomic data collected and analyzed by Tempus. The technology While temps is solely focusing on collecting data for pancreatic, breast and lung cancer, expansion to include studying all cancers is shortly.
Lefkovsky’s philanthropic ventures are wide-ranging, and he generously supports initiatives in education, health, human rights, arts and culture and tech. From supporting major health centers like Johns Hopkins and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lefkofsky and his wife also created a charitable trust in 2006 called the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The company was created to support charities that promote the advancement of science and education around the world. While they are mostly focused on initiatives in Chicago, the Lefkofsky’s are deeply passionate about supporting children, especially disadvantaged youth, in achieving a great education and building a bright future for themselves. Eric Lefkofsky has also gifted his alma mater with a generous donation of $1.2 million to the school’s Health system, along with several significant donations to other neighboring universities.
Eric Lefkofsky has created many successful ventures as a serial entrepreneur over the years and is now focused on bringing that success to Tempus and helping to find a cure for cancer through proprietary algorithms and data-driven science.