Benjamin M. Rosen

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Benjamin M. Rosen
Born (1933-03-11) March 11, 1933 (age 86)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Stanford University (M.S.)
Columbia University (M.B.A.)
Known forChairman of Compaq

Benjamin "Ben" M. Rosen (born March 11, 1933) is the former Chairman and former Acting Chief Executive Officer of Compaq [1] and co-founder of Sevin Rosen Funds.

Early life and career[edit]

Rosen was born to a Jewish family[2] in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 11, 1933 to Isadore and Anna Rosen.[3] Rosen's father was a dentist and his mother was a secretary. He received a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1954, and M.S. from Stanford University in 1955, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1961. He worked on Wall Street for 15 years, ending his career as a Senior Technology Analyst and Vice President at Morgan Stanley.[1]

Rosen co-founded the venture capital company Sevin Rosen Funds in 1981 with L.J. Sevin.[4] In this capacity, Rosen invested in Compaq Computer Corporation in 1981, eventually serving as Chairman for 18 years.[3] For four months in 1999, Rosen also served as Acting CEO.[5] As a financier, Rosen backed high tech startup companies including Electronic Arts, Lotus Development, Ansa Software and Silicon Graphics.[6]

In 1999, Rosen was awarded the Founders Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was named a recipient of Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. In 2018, he received Caltech's highest honor, the Robert A. Millikan Medal.

Rosen is married to Donna Perret Rosen, the former contemporary art gallerist in New Orleans and owner of Galerie Simone Stern there. He has two sons, Jeffrey Rosen and Eric Rosen, and a stepdaughter, Melanie Perret.


  1. ^ a b "Benjamin M. Rosen". IEEE Global History Network. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  2. ^ Nauss, Donald W. (March 5, 1997). "They Like Tilting at Windmills - Ben and Harold Rosen helped revolutionize the communications industry by doing what others thought couldn't be done. Now, they want to invent a replacement for the internal combustion engine". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b Hamm, Steve (July 26, 1999). "Ben Rosen: The Lion in Winter". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  4. ^ "History". Sevin Rosen Funds. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  5. ^ Compaq Board of Directors Forms Office of the Chief Executive Under Leadership of Chairman Benjamin Rosen; Eckhard Pfeiffer and Earl Mason Resign as CEO and CFO.[dead link] Businesswire. April 18, 1999.
  6. ^ Elmer-DeWitt, Philip (October 23, 2011). "Steve Jobs through Rosen-colored glasses". Fortune. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.