Eric and Liz Lefkofsky pledge half their wealth to charity
They sign the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge
Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Liz have signed the Giving Pledge, promising half their wealth to charity. (Tribune file photo / December 10, 2013)
Founded four years ago by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, the global initiative now has 122 commitments from some of the world's wealthiest people.
Eric Lefkofsky, 44, is CEO and co-founder of Groupon Inc. He is also a co-founder of Lightbank, a Chicago-based venture capital firm. He co-founded several technology companies, including InnerWorkings Inc., Echo Global Logistics and Mediaocean, a provider of media software.
Lefkofsky is a trustee of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater Company, the Museum of Science and Industry, and World Business Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and a co-chairman of Chicago Ideas Week. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School.
Liz Lefkofsky is the director of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a trust established in 2006 for the purpose of advancing high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life in the communities it serves. Before establishing the foundation, she worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations including Gallery 37, the Near South Planning Board, Printers Row Lit Fest and the American Brain Tumor Association.
New additions to the list this week also include medical research philanthropists Beth and Seth Klaman, hotel and media entreprenuer Richard Edwin Mariott and wife Nacy Peery Marriott, Mail.ru Group founder Yuri Milner, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and wife Renee Parsons, Indonesian entrepreneur Dato’ Sri DR Tahir, and Hansjörg Wyss, chairman of medical device maker Sythes Inc.