18 May 2016
What Does the American Dream Mean in Today’s America?
Ellis Island Medal honoree reflects on his personal journeyTopics:
Alexander Navab (MBA 1991), head of investment firm KKR’s Americas private equity business, was honored this year with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to “individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.”
Navab wrote about the honor on KKR’s blog, reflecting on his family’s journey from post-Revolution Iran to Greece and, ultimately, the United States. “Emigrating from Iran and Greece at a young age, I have seen firsthand the opportunities this country affords,” Navab writes. “While I will always maintain and be proud of my Iranian-Hellenic heritage, I am equally proud of my American identity.”
Class of MBA 1991, Section H