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Born in Ottawa, Kravis joined the Hudson Institute in 1973 after earning an MA in economics from the University of Ottawa. From acting as the Executive Director of the Hudson Institute of Canada from 1973–1994, she became a senior fellow and trustee of the Hudson Institute USA in 1973, and then Vice-Chair of the Board in 2011.
Kravis served as vice-chair of Canada's Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation; she was co-chair of a national commission on Prosperity and Competitiveness. She served on the binational dispute settlement panel established under the NAFTA agreement. She is on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and is Vice-Chair of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as Chair of the Sloan Kettering Institute. She is President of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation.
Marie-Josée Kravis has been a regular columnist for La Presse, the Montreal Gazette and the Financial Post in Canada, and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications. She hosted a weekly television show on the public television network, TV Ontario.
Marie-Josée has been a power player in the US boardroom, with stints on the board of companies including Ford. She is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on the board of directors of Publicis S.A. and LVMH. She is a member of the Board of the Qatar Museum Authority and she is a member of the International Council of the Prado Museum. She has served on the Board of Directors of CIBC, the Standard Life Insurance Co., Hasbro Inc., Hollinger International, Vivendi Universal, Ford Motor Company and IAC/InterActiveCorp.
She is the author with Barry Bruce-Briggs of Canada Has a Future and with Maurice Ernst and Jimmy Wheeler of Western Europe: Adjusting to Structural Change.
Marie-Josée Kravis was previously married to Charles Dutoit in 1982 and is currently the wife of Henry Kravis, whom she married in 1994.
Kravis and her husband reside in their homes in New York City, Southampton (New York), Meeker (Colorado), Palm Beach (Florida) and Paris (France). Their main residence is a Park Avenue triplex. Kravis and her husband have attended the Bilderberg conference.
Along with her husband, Marie Josee Kravis is a major figure in the New York philanthropy community, and are together ranked as the 25th highest donating individuals according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Also along with her husband, she has been a major contributor to The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The New York Philarmonic Orchestra, where they established a composer-in-residence program and the Marie-Josee Kravis Prize in Composition, awarded last year to the French composer, Henri Dutilleux. They have supported The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and Carnegie Hall.
Kravis chairs the Selection Committee of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which is awarded for innovations in non-profit work. At the Mount Sinai Medical Center, she serves as a major patron and has helped to raise $30 million for their Heart Research Center. At the Museum of Modern Art, she was appointed as president in July 2005, and she and her husband have donated over $100million to the Museum. Additionally, she chairs the Sloan Kettering Institute and with her husband they have established a chair in Human Oncology and Pathogenesis. She is a trustee at The Institute for Advanced Study and the Hudson Institute, as well as a supporter of the Metropolitan Opera, The Tate Museum and the Hermitage Collection at Somerset House, London. .
Kravis was a board member at Conrad Black's Hollinger International until late 2003. Black was later charged with fraud and obstruction of justice. Kravis was called as a witness at Black's trial in 2007, and testified that she had been unaware of the corporate malfeasance during her tenure. Kravis had left the board of Ford in 2006, Vivendi in 2005, and IAC in 2006.
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