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Salman Khan

Founder and Managing Director, Khan Academy

Salman Khan is the Founder & Executive Director of Khan Academy (khanacademy.org), a nonprofit organization with the mission of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan graduated from MIT in 1998 with three degrees: two bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering/computer science; and a master of science degree in electrical engineering. He worked in technology in Silicon Valley until the first bubble burst, after which he attended Harvard Business School. After earning a masters degree in business administration in 2003, Khan became an analyst at a Boston-based hedge fund. In 2004 as a side project, Khan began tutoring his young cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job to commit himself fully to the not-for-profit Khan Academy.

Khan was listed in Fortune’s annual “40 Under 40,” which recognizes business’s hottest rising stars, as well as Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He was recently profiled by “60 Minutes,” featured on the cover of Forbes magazine, and recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

He was born in Metairie, Louisiana, to immigrant parents from India and Bangladesh. He currently lives in Mountain View, California with his wife and two children. THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE: Education Reimagined is his first book, released in October 2012.