Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

W97

40under40Age: 39

Founder of San Francisco’s Minerva Project, which is reinventing the liberal arts education and matriculated its first students in fall 2014.

Why so successful?
“My parents brought me up to analyze the world around me from first principles and not take conventional wisdom as a given. Outside of sheer luck (of which there was plenty), nearly every positive event in my career can be traced to that upbringing.”

Favorite professional moment in the past year?
“The first day of orientation when I got to meet all of our Founding Class students. To have 20 years of work become a reality in an instant was simply magical.”

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