Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization. The Khan Academy has produced over 4,300 video lessons, 3,000 of which were produced by Sal himself. These videos cover a wide variety of subjects and have garnered more than 300 million views.
A former hedge fund manager, Khan began distributing his tutorials on YouTube in 2006. In 2009, the Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education. In 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world's most widely spoken languages.
In October 2010, Khan was tied for #34 in FORTUNE's annual "40 Under 40." He was recently listed at number 7 on Fast Company's list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and and named to Bloomberg Markets' 2013 list of "50 Most Influential People."
Khan holds three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been featured on the PBS NewsHour, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio.
It is in large part for his dedication and innovative approach to education, and the impact of providing global access to high quality educational resources to everyone, that Sal Khan has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 CME Group Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award.
"Sal Khan is a true education pioneer. He started by posting a math lesson,
but his impact on education might truly be incalculable."
— Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft