Douglas L. Becker

  • Co-Founder of Sterling Partners, Founder of Laureate Education, Inc.

Mr. Becker co-founded Sterling in 1983; since then the firm has become a leading investor in education and other industries, having made over 80 investments over the years. Sterling currently has over $2.6 billion of assets under management. Mr. Becker served as CEO of Laureate Education from its inception in 1999 through the end of 2017 and as Chairman through 2018. Laureate is the leading global network of international universities and the largest degree granting higher education company in the world; providing nearly one million students access to high-quality, innovative institutions of higher education through its network of more than 60 campus-based and online institutions in 20 countries. Under Mr. Becker’s leadership Laureate became the largest Certified B Corp™ and the first publicly traded company that is organized as a Public Benefit Corporation. He was the Founding Chairman of Port Discovery, the Children’s Museum in Baltimore, where he still serves as a director. Mr. Becker has served on such nonprofit Boards as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Greater Baltimore Committee, Economic Alliance of Baltimore, Enoch Pratt Library, Gilman School, University of Maryland Foundation, and FIRST – an international robotics competition which inspires student interest in math and science. He established the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation in 1997.