Salman Khan

Founder and Executive Director,
Khan Academy

Salman Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world.

Khan graduated from MIT in 1998 with three degrees: two BS in mathematics and electrical engineering/computer science; and a MS 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 MBA 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 Khan Academy.

In October 2010, 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” 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.