“As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help repair that inequity…”


George B. Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of GBK Corporation, parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, which he has managed for almost 50 years. He is chairman of the board and majority owner of BOK Financial Corporation and a major shareholder in a number of diversified businesses in North America and overseas. He continues to work full time with these enterprises while also offering counsel to GKFF®. Mr. Kaiser attended Tulsa Public Schools and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1964 and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1966.

Mr. Kaiser plans to contribute his remaining net worth to GKFF in life and through his estate. He developed the Foundation’s primary focus as equal opportunity for young children, which GKFF pursues through the evidence-based and experimental programs described elsewhere on this site. That mission derives from the belief that it is profoundly unfair and inconsistent with America’s founding principles for the accident of birth to determine a child’s potential. The unifying theme of the Foundation is that “no newborn child bears any responsibility for the circumstances of her birth and yet her future chance for success in life is heavily influenced by those circumstances.” The Foundation’s civic ventures are designed to advance its primary mission while also adding to the diversity and vibrancy of the Tulsa area.

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