VCJ Fact Sheet for Alan Patricof
Born: October 22, 1934
Education: B.S. from Ohio State University (1955); M.S. from Columbia Business School (1958).
Career Path: Alan Patricof is Chairman of Apax Partners (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures). Prior to founding Patricof & Co. in 1969, he was Assistant to the Chairman of Northwest Industries in charge of Acquisitions and Pension Fund Management. From 1960 to 1968 he was Assistant Vice President and subsequently Vice President of Central National Corp., a private, family investment management organization. While at Central National, he became a founder and chairman of the Board of New York magazine, which later acquired The Village Voice, and started New West Magazine. Also while at Central National, he participated in the founding of Datascope Corporation and LIN Broadcasting Corporation.
Investments: Johnny Rockets, CORECOMM NTL Corp., Boston Properties, Datascope, Digital Bridges, Medscape, Apple Computer Inc., America Online Inc., Cellular Communications Inc., Cadence Systems, Office Depot and Fore Systems.
Other Affiliations: The Board of Trustees of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and Beth Israel Hospital; Member of The Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Visiting Committee Member of the Actors Studio Division of the New School University. Served for over 10 years as the Treasurer and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences. Also served as Chairman of the Investment Committee and Member of the Board of the New York State Science & Technology Foundation. Served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Capital Formation Subcommittee of the Competitiveness Policy Council.
During the 1992 presidential election campaign, Mr. Patricof served as Chairman of Entrepreneurs for Clinton/Gore. In 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission.
Family: Wife ? Susan; Children — Mark, Jonathan and James
Favorite Book: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Favorite Movie: Nashville
Favorite Food: Spare Ribs
Favorite Travel Spot: St. Bart’s for pleasure and Burma for culture
Most Admired Historical Figure: Winston Churchill
Favorite Quote: “If I’d only stayed another 20 minutes?” — Steve Jobs.
Investment Philosophy: Pay meticulous attention to detail and be totally disciplined in your decision process.
Phobias: Roller coasters and long-running ferris wheels.
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