Henry R. Kravis co-founded Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, KKR, in 1976 and is currently co-chairman and co-CEO of the firm that drew wide attention for its historic 1988 leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco, which was later depicted in the book and film "Barbarians at the Gate."
He is still actively involved in managing the firm and serves on each of the regional private equity investment and portfolio management committees.
Kravis currently serves on the boards of First Data Corp. and China International Capital Corp. LTD.
He is also a director, chairman emeritus or trustee of several cultural, professional and educational institutions, including the Business Council, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia Business School, the Council on Foreign Relations, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, the New York City Investment Fund, Partnership for New York City, Rockefeller University and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
He earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1967 and an MBA from the Columbia Business School in 1969.