An Evening with Ken Langone
Business legend Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he’s a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist. In this captivating conversation, Langone discusses his career, his life, and his thoughts on how to preserve the American Dream and why free markets are worth defending. He sheds light on the current economic climate, reveals his candid business insights, and shares remarkable and revelatory stories from his life rising from a low-income, immigrant family to becoming one of the most prominent business leaders in America.
Speaker Spotlight: Ken Langone
Iconoclastic entrepreneur and business legend KEN LANGONE is renowned as the co-founder of The Home Depot, where he helped the company expand to a national chain with over 2,000 locations and 400,000 employees. A pillar of corporate America for decades, Langone is the Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Invemed Associates LLC, served as CEO and President of Geeknet, Inc. (2011-2013), and was a director of the New York Stock Exchange. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Yahoo Finance to Yale University, Langone provides on-the-nose business insights, sharp analysis on the current political and economic climate, and real-life, empowering, inspiration on success and leadership. His recently released New York Times bestseller, I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, which tells his compelling personal story rising up from a low-income family to becoming one of America's most successful businessmen, is also a passionate defense of the American Dream — of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic. As Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co, Jamie Dimon, said of the book: “Insightful and inspirational... An authentic, up-by-the-bootstraps story by a shining example of the American dream.” Langone recently inspired an audience at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting with a conversation on the value of free enterprise.
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Ken Langone is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Invemed Associates LLC., a New York Stock Exchange member firm.
He received a BA from Bucknell University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business; he remains active with both institutions currently serving on the board of overseers of the Stern School and on the board of trustees of New York University as well as Chairman of the Trustees of New York University Medical Center. In April 2008 the medical center was renamed the NYU Langone Medical Center (now NYU Langone Health) reflecting a major gift from Ken and his wife Elaine.
He was a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees where he served as Chairman of its nominating committee, its endowment and as a member of its executive committee. He remains an emeritus trustee.
Ken is a co-founder of the The Home Depot and was lead director and a member of the executive committee of its board since it was founded in 1978 until 2008. He is also a board member of Unifi, Inc. In addition he serves on the boards of NYU Winthrop Hospital, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The Ronald McDonald House of NY, Horatio Alger Society Foundation and the Harlem Children’s Zone and its charter school, The Promise Academy and St. Patrick’s Cathedral where he led the fundraising effort for its recent restoration and renovation.
He and Elaine have three sons and two grandchildren.