|Born||James W. Breyer
New Haven, Connecticut
|Education||Stanford University (BS)
Harvard University (MBA)
|Net worth||$1.5 billion (September 2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Zaroff Breyer|
John P. Breyer
|Profile at Accel Partners|
James W. "Jim" Breyer (b. 1961) is an American venture capitalist and partner of Accel Partners, Facebook's biggest shareholder after Mark Zuckerberg, and founder/CEO of Breyer Capital, a global diversified investment firm.
Early life and education
Breyer was born in 1961 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Hungarian immigrants. His father, John P. Breyer, was an engineer and executive at International Data Corporation; his mother Eva was a technology executive at Honeywell. In 1983, Breyer graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University. During college, he worked part-time for both Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computer. After college, he accepted a job as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in New York. In 1987, he earned an MBA from Harvard University where he was named a Baker Scholar graduating in the top 5% of his class.
In 1987, the year of the stock market crash, he accepted a job with the venture capital firm Accel Partners in San Francisco and was mentored by founders Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz. In 1990, he was named a partner and in 1995, he became a managing partner.
In 2005 Accel made a $12.7 million deposit at a $98 million valuation in the startup Facebook.  Breyer was on the Board of Directors of Facebook from April, 2005 to June, 2013 where he was a Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
He also served on the board of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, as the Lead/Presiding Independent Director, and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, on the Board of Marvel Entertainment until their acquisition by Disney, where he was the founding Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee and on the board of Dell Inc..In December 2005, Breyer was appointed an honorary professor at the Yuelu Academy, Hunan University, China. Breyer is also the chief executive officer of Breyer Capital, a venture capital and investment firm.
Breyer is the former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a former president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and on the Board of the Associates of the Harvard Business School, Pacific Community Ventures, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Technet, and a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and of The Menlo School.[non-primary source needed] He is a minority owner of the Boston Celtics. Breyer is chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, former chairman of the Harvard Business School California Research Center, and is the former chairman of the Silicon Valley region committee for Stanford University's Campaign for Undergraduate Education. He is also a member of various World Economic Forum committees, and a member of the Lead Director Network.
In April 2011, May 2012  and 2013  the Forbes Midas List of investors ranked Jim Breyer number one, and in August, 2010, Fortune Magazine named Breyer one of the 10 smartest people in technology, and the smartest investor in technology.
On September 2, 2011, it was announced that Breyer had been nominated to serve on the board of News Corporation. In October 2011, he was elected to News Corporation's board with over 98% of the shareholder vote.
- Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Jim Breyer September 2013
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- Harvard Gazette: "Breyer elected to Harvard Corporation" February 4, 2013
- Forbes 2011
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- "Walmart Board of Directors (2009)".
- "Officers and Directors of Marvel Entertainment".
- Dell's Extreme Makeover Business Week October 15, 2009
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- "SFMOMA’S Trustee List".
- "Menlo School Board of Trustees".
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- "The smartest people in tech, Smartest investor: Jim Breyer". CNN. July 9, 2010.
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- "Breyer elected to Harvard Corporation". Harvard Gazette. Feb 4, 2013.
- "Our supporters". FWD.us. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
- Susan Breyer website retrieved October 24, 2013
- Jim Breyer's profile, Accel Partners online
- Business Week profile, Business Week online
- Chicago Business profile Chicago Business