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Jerome Kohlberg (Jerome Kohlberg Jr., Jerry)

Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. is an American businessman and early pioneer in the private equity and leveraged buyout industries founding private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and later Kohlberg & Company.


  • Kohlberg graduated from New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, before going on to earn an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. He later received degrees from Harvard Business School and Columbia Law School. In 1986, he founded the Philip Evans Scholarship Foundation at Swarthmore.


  • Kohlberg dabbles in philanthropy through the Kohlberg Foundation. He and his wife raise endangered free-ranged livestock and fish on their farm, and some of the produce goes to his wife's restaurant, The Flying Pig, located in Mount Kisco, NY. With an estimated current net worth of around $1.2 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 645th-richest person in the world.

Major achievements

  • forming the Campaign Reform project which was pivotal in passing The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill


  • Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences

Jerome Kohlberg
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Born July 10, 1925
  • 1946
    Swarthmore College
  • 1976 - 1987
    senior partner, founding partner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
    USA, New York, New York City
  • 1987 - 1994
    Mount Kisco, New York, United States
  • 1994 - 2000
    chairman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
    USA, New York, New York City
  • 2000 - 2000
    Harvard Business School
  • 2000 - 2000
    Columbia University School Law
  • 2000 - 2000
    Formerly with Bear Stearns & Company
  • 2000 - 2000
    chairman, Houdaille Industries
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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