Ken Langone is a co-founder of Home Depot and the founder and chairman of Invemed Associates LLC. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Stern School and on the Board of Trustees of New York University, as well as serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York University Medical Center.
In addition, he serves on the boards of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Ronald McDonald House of NY, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Horatio Alger Society Foundation, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and its charter school, the Promise Academy. He is also a Knight of Malta and a Knight of St. Gregory.
Langone was born to Italian American working-class parents in Roslyn Heights, New York. His father was a plumber, and his mother was a cafeteria worker. Langone's family has been described as having "a lot of love, but not a lot of money." He was a student at Bucknell University and the New York University Stern School of Business.
In the early 1960s, Langone began his career at a Wall Street financial services company named R.W. Pressprich, where he helped develop a new business. In 1968 Langone met and persuaded Ross Perot to let Pressprich handle Electronic Data Systems's IPO. In 1969, Langone would be named Pressprich's president.