Thomas Kaplan is an American investor, entrepreneur, art collector and philanthropist. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of a New York City-based investment, advisory and asset management firm known as The Electrum Group LLC. The firm’s main focus is on the natural resources sector. According to Forbes, Kaplan is the 474th richest person in the United States with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.
Kaplan was born in 1962 in New York City and raised in Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in History at Oxford University. In 1993, he established his own company known as Apex Silver Mines and became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He retired from the company in 2014 to focus more on his new exploration projects. In 2003, Kaplan co-established a company known as Leor Exploration & Production LLC, which later became the fastest-growing privately-owned hydrocarbon exploration and production corporation in the U.S.
Kaplan is also an avid philanthropist and has supported many philanthropic organizations. Together with his wife, Dafna Recanati Kaplan, they founded a charity known as Panthera Corporation, which is mainly devoted to preserving the big cats and their ecosystems. Kaplan serves as the Executive Chairman of Panthera Corporation. Kaplan and Dafna have been blessed with three children.