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Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor Kaplan is also the faculty director of Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

Professor Kaplan is one of the world’s foremost researchers on private equity, venture capital and corporate governance. His papers on LBOs and private equity are the standard references in the field. Professor Kaplan is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance, and wealth management.

Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s business plan competition, the New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over one hundred companies that have raised over $250 million including GrubHub, Braintree and Bump. Professor Kaplan serves on the board of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, and Morningstar. He serves on the advisory board of Correlation Ventures and Sandbox Industries.

Professor Kaplan earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his AB, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.

Professor Kaplan and his wife, Carol Rubin, live in Chicago with their two sons.