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Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya
David A. Grogan | CNBC

Chamath Palihapitiya is founder and CEO of Social Capital, whose mission is to advance humanity by solving the world's hardest problems. Social Capital invests in and starts breakthrough companies in several areas, including health care, education, financial services and enterprise. Before founding Social Capital, Palihapitiya was a member of the senior executive team at Facebook and a key driver behind its rise to one of the most important and impactful companies in the world.

Prior to Facebook, Palihapitiya held leadership roles at Mayfield Fund, AOL and Winamp. He was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Canada and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Palihapitiya is also owner and director of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.