Alexander Karp (born October 2, 1967) is an American businessman, co-founder and CEO of the software firm Palantir Technologies.
Karp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Central High School in 1985. Karp has a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Stanford University, and a doctorate in neoclassical social theory from Frankfurt University. His thesis was titled Aggression in der Lebenswelt: Die Erweiterung des Parsonsschen Konzepts der Aggression durch die Beschreibung des Zusammenhangs von Jargon, Aggression und Kultur.
Prior to co-founding Palantir, Karp founded Caedmon Group.
Karp is single and lives in Palo Alto, California.