Leon Black got his entrepreneurial start just before graduating Harvard Business School in 1975, when his father died and left him $75k in life insurance. After a stint handling mergers and acquisitions at Drexel and Burnham Lambert, Leon co-founded Apollo Global Management in 1990. As of 2015, the company has about $38B of assets under management.
Leon was in the news last fall when his company’s bid to take over AR Global terminated prematurely after more than a year’s work. More recently, Apollo Global made headlines with its plans to take an interest in AiroPack Technology Group and its plans to buy back $250M of its own stock. Leon is the co-chairman of MoMa in New York and a trustee at Mt. Sinai Hospital and The Asia Society.