Lifetime Achievement Awards are given for prolonged or significant contribution to the private equity and venture industry.
T. Bondurant French
CEO & CIO
Adams Street Partners
Buyouts magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, Limited Partner, Spring 2014
T. Bondurant “Bon” French is responsible for the management of Adams Street Partners and actively participates as an investment professional. He is sought out by private equity firms, consultants and investors for advice and recommendations on a variety of private equity topics. French has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and client service.
French has been a guest lecturer to business schools, Wall Street firms, private equity conferences and industry trade associations about various investment topics and strategies. He was a member of the CFA Institute Committee (formerly AIMR – the Association for Investment Management and Research), which made recommendations concerning standards for reporting performance in private equity. Bon was also a contributor to the ICFA’s first book on the subject of private market investments, Investing in Venture Capital (1988). Prior to joining the Firm in 1980, he was a private placement analyst and portfolio manager with Connecticut General Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut.
French sits on advisory boards for five private equity firms within the Adams Street Partners portfolio. He is also Chairman of the Adams Street Partners Investment Committee and Executive Committee, and he is a member of the Adams Street Partners Operating Committee.
French is a Trustee of Northwestern University, Chairman of the Board of the Chicago History Museum, member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council, member of the CFA Institute, member of the Investment Analyst Society of Chicago Leadership Council, member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art and former Director of the National Venture Capital Association.
Founder, Managing Director
Venture Capital Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, Venture Capital, Spring 2014
Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Patricof entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners — today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with over $41 billion under management. He stepped back from the daily administration and operational aspects of Apax Partners LP in 2004 to concentrate on a group of small venture deals on its behalf, before forming Greycroft Partners in 2006.
With a 40-plus year career in venture capital, Patricof has helped build and foster the growth of numerous major global companies, including, among others, America Online, Office Depot, Cadence Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., Apple Computer, FORE Systems, NTL, IntraLinks, and Audible. He was also a founder and chairman of the board of New York magazine, which later acquired the Village Voice and New West magazine.
In October 2013, Patricof was appointed as a Member of the President’s Global Development Council by President Obama. From 2007 to 2012, he served two terms on the board of Millennium Challenge Corporation and, from 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission – both positions were appointed by the President of the United States.