Sal Khan

Sal Khan

Founder and CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. He is the founder of Khan Lab School, a nonprofit laboratory school in Mountain View, California, co-founder of, a nonprofit that offers free online tutoring, and cofounder of Khan World School, a new nonprofit online school.  

Sal’s interest in education began while he was an undergraduate at MIT. While there, he developed math software for children with ADHD and tutored fourth- and seventh-grade public school students. Sal also taught test prep courses for the MCAT and was named Teacher of the Year by a national test prep company. He holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Sal founded Khan Academy as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2008. Khan Academy’s platforms include more than 70,000 interactive practice problems as well as videos and articles that cover a range of preK–12 subjects. Khan Academy’s learning system is mastery based, which allows students to master key concepts at a pace that’s right for them while staying at grade level. Khan Academy is piloting an AI guide called Khanmigo that is a tutor and teaching assistant.

Khan Academy partners with more than 500 school districts and schools across the country. Schools use Khan Academy Districts, MAP Accelerator and Khan Academy Kids (for preschool through second grade) to help teachers tailor instruction for each student. 

Khan Academy has more than 150 million registered users around the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages.  It is used in more than 190 countries.

Sal has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In his book, The One World Schoolhouse, Sal outlines his vision for the future of education.

Sal lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife and three children.