Eric Paul Lefkofsky was born in September 1969 and may be best known as the co-founder and chairman of Groupon. But there is so much more to his story! Educated at the University of Michigan, where he obtained both his bachelor’s degree plus his Juris doctor, his estimated net worth exceeds $1.7 billion. While at the University of Michigan, Eric Lefkofsky began selling carpet and after law school in 1993, he purchased Brandon Apparel. From there, his story increases good impressions via his expert technological knowledge and experience.
Following a healthy list of added accomplishments, in 2016 he co-founded Tempus and today serves as the chief executive officer. He also has seats on numerous boards and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago. Certainly, known as a technological giant, Eric is a major player in the race to cure cancer and has committed millions of dollars to the effort.
Tempus is in Chicago and functions to work with the medical industry to help doctors become increasingly better equipped to more quickly assess information that will guide them to make the most effective treatment decisions. The organization accomplishes this lofty goal by creating a database that stores and analyzes medical information and produces material that allows the physician to assess potential treatment options and the implications associated with each treatment. Initially, Tempus appeared to be operating “under cover” and in the background until September 2016 when Eric announced the partnership with Northwestern University. Other partners include such esteemed institutions as The Mayo Clinic and Penn Medicine. Eric is helping the world by using ever improving technological advancements to research, test and treat patients.
At start up, Tempus was working with pancreatic, breast, and lung cancers; however, adding more types of cancer is in our future. While the company’s name may or may not be traced to any meaning, in mythology, the name “Tempus” is also known as the “Lord of Battles” and was the god of war. Considering the world’s growing fight against the deadly disease, it was a great name choice. His LinkedIn profile says it best. Eric specializes in “turning the conventional business into e-enabled business with technology serving as a catalyst to revolutionize the conventional business process.” Thank you, Eric, for your expertise and support of this disease that has adversely touched so many lives.
In 2006, Eric and his wife Elizabeth also created the Lefkofsky Foundation to support charities, scientific efforts, educational organizations and other worldwide causes. The foundation has helped to fund over 50 organizations thus far with a focus on children.