Corey Griffin loved working for Bain Capital Ventures, a job he landed after an impressive showing during a coveted internship, but he loved his family even more, and he wanted to give his younger brother a chance to work there, too.
While trying to get him hired as an analyst, Mr. Griffin heard that his bosses had misgivings about letting brothers work closely in the same area of the venture capital firm.
“He came in my office one day and closed the door and said, ‘I just want to tell you right now, if that’s the case, I’ll quit tomorrow and you can hire my brother,’ ” said Jeffrey Schwartz, former managing director of Bain Capital. “Knowing what the job meant to him, the fact that he was willing to walk away so his brother could have that opportunity . . . well, that’s Corey.”
In what could have turned into an oft-told family anecdote about the first-born giving his little brother a leg up in the financial world, Bain ended up keeping Mr. Griffin and hiring his brother, but “the greatest part of that story is he didn’t even tell us what he did,” his brother, Mike, said Monday. “We just found that out yesterday. He wasn’t trying to be the hero. He did it because he was the most loving brother.”
Philanthropic at an age when most focus solely on launching careers, Mr. Griffin solicited $100,000 in donations late last week for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on behalf of a friend who has Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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