Young Gets It Done: Sal Khan, 33

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Sal Khan

Never thought that tutoring/education from a Harvard MBA could be free? Think again. Sal Khan and his non-profit, Khan Academy, does just that. Through on-line lectures and tutorials on YouTube, Khan teaches 200,000 students math, science and an array of other subjects, all at no cost:

Khan Academy, with Khan as the only teacher, appears on YouTube and elsewhere and is by any measure the most popular educational site on the web. Khan’s playlist of 1,630 tutorials (at last count) are now seen an average of 70,000 times a day — nearly double the student body at Harvard and Stanford combined. Since he began his tutorials in late 2006, Khan Academy has received 18 million page views worldwide, including from the Gates progeny. Most page views come from the U.S., followed by Canada, England, Australia, and India. In any given month, Khan says, he’s reached about 200,000 students. “There’s no reason it shouldn’t be 20 million.”

And, his eager students aren’t Khan’s only supporters. A little guy named Bill Gates is also a big fan! Gates found out about Khan Academy through YouTube (naturally) and began watching the videos with his son. In Gates’ own words: “This guy is amazing. It is awesome how much he has done with very little in the way of resources.”

At just 33 years old, Khan, a former hedge fund manager, is quite accomplished. Born in New Orleans to immigrant parents from India, Sal went on to become a star student. In addition to an MBA from Harvard, he holds three degrees from MIT. A BS in Math and both a BS and Masters in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Making education affordable and accessible should be one of our main priorities in America. No one should miss out on an education because they can’t afford it. Sal Khan is doing his part to make this dream a reality. We have no doubt he is going to make a huge difference in many people’s lives.

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