Sir Leonard Blavatnik is among the world’s most accomplished businessmen and prominent philanthropists. For nearly four decades, he has transformed companies into international market leaders while also advancing science, higher education, and culture through charitable giving.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation is exclusively self-funded and has contributed more than $1 billion to over 250 world-class institutions and charitable organizations over the past decade.
In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to philanthropy and was appointed Chevalier of the French Legion d’Honneur for his support of education in 2013.
A dual US-UK citizen, Len is the founder and chairman of Access Industries, a privately held company headquartered in New York with a global portfolio of over $35 billion.
Born in Odesa, Ukraine, Len and his family emigrated to the United States in 1978. He earned his Master’s in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1981 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989.
He is also engaged in numerous educational, scientific, and cultural endeavors—as a Board Director of Tel Aviv University and Carnegie Hall, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Global Advisory Council, among others.
Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik have been married since 1994 and have four children together.