Steven Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Thomas A. Cole Distinguished Visiting Professor in Business Law. He joined the faculty in 1988. Professor Kaplan is the faculty director of Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Professor Kaplan earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College. He is one of the world’s top researchers on private equity, venture capital, corporate governance, and income inequality. Professor Kaplan is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Professor Kaplan teaches MBA, law and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. His course in entrepreneurial finance and private equity is consistently among the most popular at Booth.
Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over one hundred companies that have raised over $300 million and have created over $3 billion in market value. Companies include GrubHub and Braintree.
Professor Kaplan serves on the boards of Columbia Acorn Funds and Morningstar.