Tom Perkins

Born 1932

Thomas James Perkins is an American businessman, capitalist, and was one of the founders of leading venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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1932 Birth Born in 1932.


1953 21 Years Old Perkins received a B.S. in EECS (course 6) from MIT in 1953.
1957 25 Years Old He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1957. … Read More


1963 31 Years Old In 1963, he was invited by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to become the administrative head of the research department at Hewlett-Packard. … Read More


1973 41 Years Old In 1973, with Eugene Kleiner, he founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the first Sand Hill Road venture capital firms. … Read More
1974 42 Years Old He served as the only chairman of Tandem Computers, from its founding in 1974 until its 1997 merger with Compaq.
1976 44 Years Old Perkins was also chairman of Genentech from 1976 until 1990 when it merged with Roche Holding Ltd. … Read More


1996 64 Years Old In 1996, Perkins was convicted in France of involuntary manslaughter arising from a yacht-racing collision, forcing him to pay a $10,000 fine.
1999 67 Years Old …  They separated in August 1999 and were later amicably divorced.
In January 2006, Perkins published his first romance novel, Sex and the Single Zillionaire, (ISBN 0-06-085167-8) which he dedicated to Steel. … Read More
As of 2007 Perkins sits on the board of directors of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, where he serves with Viet D. Dinh. Dinh represented Perkins in the HP board affair. In July, 2011, Dinh and fellow News Corp. board member Joel Klein took over the investigation of the News of the World phone hacking affair and related Corporation issues.
2009 77 Years Old Perkins sold the yacht for £60million in July 2009. … Read More
2011 79 Years Old Perkins was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured which premiered in 2011. … Read More
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