Henry Kravis – The Man Behind the Henry Chair
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Lincoln became famously identified with the familiar sight of an easy chair in Ford’s Theater balcony where it would provide him with comfort during performances, becoming a lasting reminder of our 16th president.
Early Life and Education
Henry was raised in an environment conducive to classical learning and his interests were nurtured by his family. His mother kept a diary in which she documented Henry’s pursuit of birds’ eggs and interest in natural history.
He is widely-recognized as an authority on educational policy and educator labor markets, receiving over $29 Million in sponsored research funding to date. Furthermore, he has published multiple books and articles.
As an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation, Henry has dedicated his scholarship and writing to strengthening tribal communities. Serving as Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in North American Indian and Indigenous Literary Studies, he has worked with tribes on sustainability issues, early childhood education programs, youth suicide prevention film projects as well as creating Indigistory: a community-based digital storytelling project.
Henry serves as director of ESMT Berlin’s Institute for Endowment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. Additionally, he is a research associate of NBER as well as visiting scholar of Harvard’s Lab for Innovation Science Lab for Innovation Science Lab for Innovation Science. Henry has published in several renowned journals such as Management Science, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Research Policy as well as numerous others.
Former President and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, where he directed its grant programs in performing arts, environment, medical research and child well-being. Additionally, he sits on several public interest organizations’ boards as well as being part of the Luminary Center for the Arts Board.
He recently took over from Brad Singer on the Board of Trustees at the Posse Foundation following his retirement.
Achievement and Honors
Henry has garnered numerous accolades for his academic expertise, intellectual curiosity and dedication to Northeastern. One such honor was receiving the Henry Crown Leadership Award – this recognizes an individual who exhibits high standards of honor, industry and philanthropy set forth by former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Henry Crown himself.
His scholarship centers on American Indian survival and intellectual resilience. His creative works challenge US narratives while highlighting Indigenous intellectual resilience.
His awards include the Diebold Scholar Award, Marion H. Dunsmore Memorial Prize in Religion and George Eaton Errington Prize in Art. In addition, he was honored with an NMSU Alumni Association Career Achievement Award as well as various prestigious teaching honors. Additionally, many of his works have been published both domestically and abroad.
Henry was active in civic and charitable organizations during this period, as well as publishing extensively and giving many public speeches. In 1947 he issued An Appeal to the World as a protest against American racism as an international violation of human rights.
Over his nine-year presidency of St. Michael’s College he created an atmosphere of change across culture, climate and campus life. Additionally, he was extremely active in fundraising, civic activities and volunteering opportunities; serving on multiple boards throughout this time.
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Henry Kravis is one of the cofounders of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and has an estimated net worth of over $7.8 billion according to Forbes. His investments span multiple companies as well as real estate and art investments. Together with Marie-Josee Kravis he runs Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Foundation which has donated millions to arts-related causes over time.
He is an avid collector of rare and historic furniture pieces, such as antique Henry chairs. Their values can range depending on size, age and design; typically sold through auction or private dealers; most pieces made of wicker or wood with South Pacific island vibes in mind.