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Dr. Kneeland Youngblood

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive
Emergency Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Favorite Quote:
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1955
Birth Location:
Galena Park, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive
Emergency Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Favorite Quote:
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1955
Birth Location:
Galena Park
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Biography

Physician, businessman, and presidential appointee Dr. Kneeland Youngblood, was born in Galena Park, Texas, on December 13, 1955. At the age of fourteen, Youngblood was working as a page on the floor of the Texas State Legislature; after graduating from high school, he attended Princeton University, earning his B.A. degree in political science in 1978. While at Princeton, Youngblood spent time studying abroad, attending both Warnborough College in Oxford, England, and the University of Stockholm in Sweden from 1976 to 1977. In 1978, only a few months shy of his graduation, Youngblood took part in a sit-in at Nassau Hall with two hundred other students to protest Princeton’s investments in South African businesses, risking the threat of expulsion. Youngblood and the other students were not expelled, and in the autumn of 1978, he began attending the University of Texas Health Science Center, from which he earned his M.D. in 1982. During his studies at the University of Texas, Youngblood traveled to Egypt, where he studied at the Cairo University Medical School.

After earning his M.D., Youngblood moved to New York City, where he held a surgical internship with Columbia University for a year; in 1983, he moved and began his two-year residency in emergency medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing his residency, Youngblood returned to Texas, taking a position as an emergency physician at the Medical Center of Plano, a Dallas suburb. Youngblood remained in Plano until he left the medical profession in 1997, at which time he co-founded and became the managing partner of Pharos Capital Group, LLC., a private equity firm that invests in technology, business services, and health care companies, and manages more than $200 million in investments.

In 1993, Youngblood was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of directors of the United States Enrichment Corporation, a government-owned corporation that provided nuclear fuel to countries hoping to utilize nuclear power. Youngblood remained at the United States Enrichment Corporation until 1998, at one point traveling with a delegation to South Africa, where he met with both F.W. DeKlerk and Nelson Mandela. Youngblood's time in South Africa prompted him to write an essay entitled From Sit-In to Soweto, detailing his experiences as a young man protesting South African policies dealing with working with the country. During his tenure with the Clinton Administration, Youngblood was also a part of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Task Force.

Youngblood served on the board of directors of numerous corporations and organizations, including the Teacher Retirement System of the State of Texas, an $85 billion pension fund, and the boards of AMR Investments; Starwood Hotels & Lodging, Incorporated; Burger King, Incorporated; and The Gap, Incorporated. Youngblood also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his maternal family's medical careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his maternal family's musical connections
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his parents meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood speaks on his father's family and the tradition of hard work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood describes his childhood neighborhood of Galena Park, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recalls the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Galena Park, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his early exposure to government and international affairs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recalls attending Fidelity Elementary School in Galena Park, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his childhood hobbies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood his experience in the newly integrated Galena Middle School in Galena Park, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers on his time as a page in the Texas Legislature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood reflects on his experience in Greece in 1972
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his time at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his time at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his political activism at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his political activism at Princeton University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers deciding between a legal or medical career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers entering the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recalls his trip to Egypt in 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recalls attending Christmas Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel in 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recounts his experience as an African American traveling in Egypt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his career in emergency medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood outlines his transition from medicine to political fundraising
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers his successful fundraiser for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood explains how his political fundraising led to Texas Governor Ann Richards appointing him to her tax policy committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers how his time in government prompted his business career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood explains the challenges facing black-owned businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about serving on the board of directors for the United States Enrichment Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood remembers becoming a board member for American Airlines in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood recalls his time on the board of directors of Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about the African American community's lack of access to capital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood explains the risks and payoffs of private equity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood describes a business venture he hopes will benefit the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood explains the basics of private equity investing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Kneegood Youngblood talks about how to succeed in private equity investing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood speaks about the opportunities for young African Americans in business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his wife, Dr. Sharon Youngblood, and their children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his parents' support for his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood talks about his interest in supporting political candidates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood offers advice for those considering a career in finance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dr. Kneeland Youngblood narrates his photographs