Andrew Kravis, recent Columbia Law School grad and new millionaire.

Congratulations to Andrew Kravis. He graduated from Columbia Law School this past May, but he’s already earned enough money to pay off all his student loans.

And no, he doesn’t work at a hedge fund or private equity firm. He doesn’t even work in Biglaw. He’s a public interest lawyer, about to start a fellowship at Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for LGBT civil rights. He was honored upon graduating from CLS as one of two students “who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the furtherance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.”

So how did this outstanding do-gooder also do so well? How did he earn enough money to pay off all his student loans, and then some — a cool $2.6 million, to be exact?

No, he didn’t win a secondary prize in the $400 million Powerball drawing. He earned his wealth through skill rather than luck, as the inaugural winner of NBC’s new game show, The Million Second Quiz. (If you’re not familiar with how the show works, watch this short clip; for footage of Andrew Kravis’s winning moment, check out the show’s website.)

I must confess that I don’t watch a huge amount of television these days (lately the only things I’ve seen are “Girls” and “Game of Thrones”), but Above the Law readers clearly do. We received several tips about Kravis’s victory:

“Andrew Kravis, CLS 2013, just won the grand prize on NBC’s Million Second Quiz. His winnings totaled $2.6M. Andy is going the public interest route, about to start a fellowship at Lambda Legal, so it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

“Have you guys covered Andy Kravis, Columbia Law grad, currently in first place in the Million Second Quiz? A bunch of CLS folks went down to The Hourglass to cheer him on. He was in Law Revue. He’s got a hashtag: #gingergenius.

“Hey, can you guys do a story on this Columbia law grad on Million Second Quiz? He seems really bright, just paid off his student loans with his winnings…. Should be a story that writes itself.”

Those are the best kind of stories. Especially when they’re as happy and heartwarming as this one.

We’re guessing that Kravis is off to the Continent, based on his post-victory comments: “This is all really incredible. I want to pay off my student loans and then maybe take a trip to Europe.” But we’d love to interview him after he gets back. If any of our readers know Andy Kravis, please put in a good word for us and pass along this interview request. We can be contacted by email or text message (646-820-8477) to set up a chat.

Congrats again to Andy Kravis, and best of luck to him as he embarks upon his promising career in public interest law!

‘Million Second Quiz’ ends; Andrew Kravis crowned the winner [UPI]
‘Million Second Quiz’ finale: Who won $2.6 million – and what did you think? [Zap2it]
Prizes Awarded to 2013 Graduates [Columbia Law School]
Let the Battle Begin – Million Second Quiz Highlight [YouTube]


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