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Robert Reffkin, 35

Founder and CEO, Urban Compass
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Robert Reffkin, co-founder and CEO of Urban Compass.
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Reffkin has the kind of résumé that exhausts you. He graduated from college (Columbia) in just over two years. At 25, after spending two years at McKinsey and two at Lazard and getting a Columbia MBA in between, he became a White House Fellow, during which he spent a year working with Treasury Secretary John Snow. Then he returned to banking, spending five years as a VP at Goldman Sachs and a year as now-president and COO Gary Cohn’s chief of staff. In 2008 he raised $1.3 million to help the Success Charter Network open its first school in the Bronx. Last year he launched Urban Compass, a tech-driven New York City real estate firm with 96 agents, an easy-to-use app, and $73 million in funding from big names like Marc Benioff and Ken Chenault. The Berkeley native hasn’t abandoned his public-service mission: Reffkin also founded America Needs You, a nonprofit that provides career development and mentorship to first-generation college students.

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