Aviv "Vivi" Nevo (Hebrew: אביב נבו; born 1965) is an Israeli-American venture capitalist. He is a major shareholder in Time Warner and other companies, having built his fortune up from an initial $10 million inheritance. Nevo is said to be averse to publicity: He has consistently refused requests for interviews, and was referred to by friends as "the international man of mystery."
Nevo was born in Bucharest in Communist Romania and then moved to Tel Aviv, Israel as an infant with his parents. His father, a chemical engineer and his mother, an anesthesiologist, eventually divorced. Nevo is an only child. He is Jewish.
Stan Berk, a former hedge-fund manager who hired Nevo in the 1980s after they met at a Los Angeles gym, said Nevo worked for him from 1985 to 1988, and then "just disappeared." After a certain time period, they met again, and "Nevo had befriended billionaires and media titans.
According to an anonymous business associate of Nevo, with an inheritance of around $10 million, Nevo set about investing and networking. The New York Times reported that Nevo "opened trading accounts at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, as well as Allen & Co., which eventually won him an invitation to Sun Valley... Through diligence and hard work, the right contacts and a lot of the right trades during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, he turned his inheritance into a sizable fortune ... Later on, Nevo began sprinkling money around in private companies, many of which were new media ventures."
Nevo's circle of friends, and people he appeared with over the years, include: Actress Blake Lively, Morgan Stanley's John Marck, Citibank's Dick Parsons, billionaire Rob Perelman, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Apple's Tim Cook.
His venture capital firm, NV Investments, invests in technology companies worldwide, and is said to have been an early backer of The Weinstein Company and the largest individual shareholder in Time Warner. His estimated net worth is $500 million.
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