Marcos Galperin, born in 1971, is the CEO of MercadoLibre.com
Marcos began the company while still in business school at Stanford University. Finance professor Jack McDonald had been helping Marcos to contact potential investors, and asked John Muse, an invited speaker and co-founder of the Hicks Muse private equity fund, if Marcos could drive him to his private plane. Before boarding his plane, Muse expressed his desire to have his fund invest in the idea and soon thereafter the company started. MercadoLibre received funding from JPMorgan Partners, Flatiron Partners, Hicks Muse Tate and Furst, Goldman Sachs, GE Capital and Banco Santander Central Hispano. In September 2001 eBay acquired 19.5% of MercadoLibre in exchange for eBay's recently acquired Brazilian subsidiary of Ibazar.com.br. In this transaction, MercadoLibre also became eBay's exclusive partner for the Latin American region.
He is considered one of Argentina's top internet entrepreneurs. In 1999, Marcos Galperin was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur. He currently serves on Endeavor Argentina's Board of Directors. Endeavor (non-profit) is a global non-profit that selects and supports High-Impact Entrepreneurs in emerging markets.