Graham Holdings Co. is a education and media company. The company provides educational services to individuals, schools and businesses through its subsidiary, Kaplan, Inc. Its programs include higher education, test preparation, language instruction and professional training. Its media operations consist of the ownership and operation of cable television systems, newspaper publishing and television broadcasting.
In 2010, a firm called Swift River Investments LLC put money into a software company developed by private-equity giant Blackstone Group LP. Five years later, a company Blackstone co-owned acquired the software firm, at a price that gave Swift River a fat profit. Blackstone’s back-and-forth involving Swift River wouldn’t be notable but for one thing: Swift River invests personal wealth for Blackstone’s president and chief operating...
A boyish 43 years old, Iftikar Ahmed ticked every box of the immigrant success story, going from Harvard Business School to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and then landing as a partner at one of the oldest venture-capital firms in the country.