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Thomas James Perkins (Born 1932), American businessman, capitalist, and was one of the founders of leading venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit-oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ... In economics, a capitalist is someone who owns capital, presumably within the economic system of capitalism. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ... Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers is a major Sand Hill Road venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. ...


He received an B.S. in EECS (course 6) from MIT in 1953, and later earned an MBA from Harvard in 1957. EECS, pronounced eeks or sometimes eeh eeh cee ess, is an abbreviation for It is a designation used at some universities including MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a private research university located in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Its mission and culture are guided by an emphasis on teaching and research grounded in practical applications of science and technology. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


In 1963, he was invited by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to become the administrative head of the research department at Hewlett-Packard. He was the first general manager of HP's computer divisions, credited with helping shepherd HP's entry into the minicomputer business. During the 1960s, he also started University Laboratories, which was later merged into Spectra-Physics. William R. Hewlett (May 20, 1913 - January 12, 2001) was the co-founder, with David Packard, of the Hewlett_Packard Company (HP). ... David Packard (September 7, 1912 - March 26, 1996) was a cofounder of Hewlett-Packard. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ...


In 1972, with Eugene Kleiner, Frank Caufield, and Brook Byers, he co-founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the first Sand Hill Road venture capital firms. He served as a director of Applied Materials, Compaq, Corning Glass, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics. He served as the only chairman of Tandem Computers, from its founding in 1974 until its 1997 merger with Compaq. Perkins was also chairman of Genentech from 1976 until 1990 when it merged with Roche Holding Ltd. Eugene Kleiner (May 12, 1923 – 20 November 2003) was one of the original founders of Kleiner Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm which later became Harry Balls Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. ... Brook Byers is the brother of Tom Byers, and is a professor at Stanford. ... Kleiner Perkins is a famous silicon valley venture capital firm. ... The Sand Hill Road freeway exit. ... Applied Materials, Inc. ... Compaq was a personal computer company founded in 1982 by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto. ... Corning Glass Works (NYSE: GLW) is a U.S. manufacturer of glass, ceramics and related materials, primarily for technical and scientific applications. ... Genentech, Inc. ... Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... Tandem Computers was an early manufacturer of fault tolerant computer systems, marketed to the growing number of transaction processing customers who used them for ATMs, banks, stock exchanges and other similar needs. ...


Perkins had two children with his first wife, the former Gerd Thune-Ellefsen. After she died in 1994, he married romance novelist Danielle Steel in March 1998; her book The Klone and I (ISBN 0-385-32392-1) was about their friendship. They separated in August 1999 and were later "amicably" divorced. Danielle Steel (born Danielle Fernandes Schuelein-Steel on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York) is one of the best-selling authors in the history of the United States. ...


During the HP/Compaq merger fight in 2001, Perkins was a member of the Compaq board and an outspoken supporter of the merger. He joined the HP Board of Directors in the merger, retired, and officially rejoined the HP board days before Carly Fiorina was fired from her posts as chairman and chief executive officer of HP. Carly Fiorina from MIT podium 2002 Cara Carleton Carly Fiorina (born Cara Carleton Sneed; September 6, 1954) was CEO (1999–2005) and Chairman of the Board (2000–2005) of Hewlett-Packard (HP). ...


In January 2006, Perkins published his first romance novel, Sex and the Single Zillionaire, (ISBN 0-06-085167-8) which he dedicated to Steel. The plot of the book is based on a reality TV idea which was pitched to Perkins, where he would date a series of women and choose one to marry. He claims that "no 'ghost' did the writing." Proceeds from the book will be donated to Harvard University.


In July, 2006 he formally launched his 289-foot sailing yacht named "The Maltese Falcon" - one the world's three largest privately owned yachts.


He has houses in California, USA and Sussex, England.


As of 2006, Perkins has a net worth greater than $100 million,


References

  • Extensions of Remarks. Representative Anna G. Eshoo, In honor of Thomas J. Perkins inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the Santa Clara County Chapter of Junior Achievement. Congressional Record. 103rd cong., 2nd sess., 1994, (19 April 1994): E715.
  • Tom Perkins to Give Aspen Chairman's Address (August 1, 2005). (source for Genentech tenure)
  • Matt Marshall. "Venture Capitalist Pushes Hewlett-Packard-Compaq Merger", San Jose Mercury News, December 23, 2001.
  • KPCB Biography of Tom Perkins. Retrieved on 2006-05-14.
  • Pui-Wing Tam and Jeffery A. Trachtenberg. "True Romance", Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2006, pp. A1.
  • Tom Perkins Thinks Big. Lisa Gosselin, Yachting Boats (February 2006).
  • Maltese Falcon. Perini Navy (the yard, that built the ship).
  • The Maltese Falcon. Homepage.

 
 

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