George R Roberts

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George R Roberts is most known for co-founding KKR alongside his cousin Henry Kravis and Jerome Kohlberg. While he may shy away from the media, he is still a very active part of the company on the regional Private Equity Investment and Portfolio Management Committees. Since the founding in 1976, the company has become a staple in the private equity industry.

A couple of years ago, George R Roberts sat down the the Stanford Business school and talked about his success. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” he said. He also urged the students to not let opportunities pass them by. Roberts is very passionate for education and helping students learn the business world. In late 2012 he made a $50 million dollar donation to Claremont McKenna College (his alma mater) and has given several other talks over the years.

George R Roberts is also the founder and Chairman of the board of directors of REDF (Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. This program helps to create jobs and employment opportunities for “people facing the greatest barriers to work.”

He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of California Law School. Roberts is currently listed as #104 on the Forbes 400 list.

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