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Alexander Karp (born October 2, 1967) is an American billionaire businessman, co-founder and CEO of the software firm Palantir Technologies.[3]

Alex Karp
Alexander Karp

(1967-10-02) October 2, 1967 (age 51)[1]
ResidencePalo Alto, California, US
Alma materHaverford College
Stanford University
Frankfurt University
OccupationCo-founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
Net worth$1.3 billion (April 2018)[2]


Early lifeEdit

Karp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Central High School in 1985.[4] Karp has a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, a J.D. from Stanford University,[2] and a doctorate in neoclassical social theory from Frankfurt University.[5] Karp's advisor at Frankfurt University was the well-known German critical theorist, sociologist and philosopher, Jürgen Habermas, a student of Theodor Adorno, a leading thinker of the Frankfurt School.[3]


Prior to co-founding Palantir, Karp founded Caedmon Group.[6]

In March 2018, publishing house Axel Springer SE announced Karp would be joining their board of directors.[7]

In December 2018, chemical company BASF nominated Karp to join its supervisory board. [8]


His thesis, supervised by Karola Brede, was titled "Aggression in der Lebenswelt: Die Erweiterung des Parsonsschen Konzepts der Aggression durch die Beschreibung des Zusammenhangs von Jargon, Aggression und Kultur", which means "Aggression in the life-world: The extension of Parsons' concept of aggression by describing the connection between jargon, aggression, and culture."[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Karp is single and lives in Palo Alto, California, US.[2]


  1. ^ "Alex Karp". CNBC. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Alexander Karp". Forbes. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Greenberg, Andy. "How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Classmates". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  5. ^ "Alexander Karp". Bizjournals. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ Greenberg, Andy (13 August 2013). "How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut". Forbes. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Palantir-Gründer soll in den Aufsichtsrat von Axel Springer einziehen". Gründerszene Magazin. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Chemiekonzern: Palantir-Chef Karp soll BASF-Aufsichtsrat werden". Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  9. ^ Karp, Alex. "Aggression in der Lebenswelt". Retrieved 20 April 2018.