Shelby Bryan

Born Mar 12, 1946

John Shelby Bryan is an American telecommunications pioneer, international business executive, and venture capitalist. The Texas-born millionaire, who fought as a Golden Gloves boxer, received his B.A. and Law Degree from the University of Texas. After graduating the University of Texas Law School, Mr. Bryan began working with Ralph Nader, and then went on to study at Harvard Business School. From there he began working at Morgan Stanley until in 1977.… Read More

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1946 Birth Bryan was born in Houston, Texas on March 21, 1946. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old Bryan received from the University of Texas a BA in 1968 and a law degree, graduating Phi Delta Phi in 1970. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, Bryan received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


1977 31 Years Old He left Morgan Stanley in 1977 and moved to Houston to form an oil and gas company, Austin Resources Corporation, and a bank holding company, with Ned Holmes, which became Prosperity Bank, one of the largest Texas based banks.
1980 34 Years Old In 1980, Bryan moved back to New York to partner with Jan Stenbeck and set up a company, Millicom, to operate voice and data distribution which became cellular telephony.
1981 35 Years Old Bryan served as president of Millicom from 1981-1994. … Read More


1994 48 Years Old In 1994, Bryan was asked to step in to replace the CEO of ICG Communications, which was in the midst of financial failure. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old He successfully raised more than $2 billion in financing, and from 1996-1999 revenues were raised 10 times from approximately $50 million to $500 million. … Read More
1999 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1999-2001. … Read More
2000 54 Years Old Bryan saw the warning signs of the looming dot-com bust: an overbuilt, unpredictable industry that was over-funded. When he shared his concerns with the company's stakeholders, his prediction was very unpopular. Bryan stepped down from his role at ICG in 2000 when the company, like most of those in the Internet business, began to face difficult times during the dot-com meltdown.
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