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Alan Patricof

  • American businessman
  • Born 1934

Alan Patricof (born 1934) is an American investor, one of the early pioneers of the venture capital and private equity industries. He founded Apax Partners (based on a play on Patricof's name: Alan Patricof Associates Cross (x) Border), which is today one of the largest private equity firms globally.


I love art; I collect mostly modern art.




I got my first job the old-fashioned way: I took an elevator to the top floor of many buildings and walked down floor by floor on the stairs going into every firm and asking the receptionist if she knew of any jobs available.




Every venture capitalist says at some point, 'I wish I could run this company myself' - to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor.




Your initial instincts about investments and people are usually correct. We do a lot of due diligence in this business and most of the time it comes out where we started.



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