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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: President, Ariel Investments; chairman, DreamWorks Animation SKG; non-executive director of Estée Lauder and Starbucks

Born: April 3, 1969, Chicago

Education: BA in public and international affairs, Princeton University

Early Marker: Joined Chicago investment firm as an intern after college, rising to president in less than a decade.

Big Idea: Advocate for financial literacy and investor education, particularly among minorities.

Wave of the Future: Financial literacy

Latest Special Reports

  • Between new federal tax bill changes and underutilized deductions, CNBC finds ways to save money while filing taxes.

  • Coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • To turn the page on structural racism, communities are Changing The Narrative. In this series, CNBC explores the central themes of racial healing through stories addressing implicit bias in economic data, the major obstacles to racial equity at work, how fiscal investment can change the narrative on minority entrepreneurship and the ramifications of the great resignation in the Black community.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders