Bill Perkins (businessman)

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Bill Perkins
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Bill Perkins in 2015
William O. Perkins III

Alma materUniversity of Iowa (BS)
OccupationEngineer, hedge fund manager, film producer
Home townJersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

William O. Perkins III (born 1969) is an American hedge fund manager, film producer, and amateur poker player from Houston, Texas.[1][2] Perkins focuses on venture capital and energy markets. He founded Small Ventures USA, L.P in 1997 and later joined Centaurus Energy in 2002. He currently manages Houston-based energy hedge fund, Skylar Capital.[3]

Perkins grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey the son of football player and politician Bill Perkins and graduated from St. Peter's Preparatory School in 1986. In 2016, he contributed $1.5 million towards the construction of the William O. Perkins III '86 Athletic Center at his alma mater.[4]


Perkins graduated as Electrical and Electronics Engineer from the University of Iowa and worked under oil trader, John D. Arnold for several years before starting his own hedge fund. During his 12-year career, Perkins directed NorthernStar Natural Gas and was the CEO of Cutuco Energy Central America. Perkins actively traded the stock market turning a $1.25 million profit trading Goldman Sachs in September 2008.[5] In 2009 Perkins became involved in film production, producing various films including After.Life (2009), Unthinkable (2010), and Cat Run (2011).[6]


Perkins is an avid poker player and has entered multiple events including the World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop, PokerStars Big Game, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and "High stakes poker" as well as Poker Night On Wall Street.[3][7][8] Perkins is friends with Dan Bilzerian and they are often seen together.[9]

As of 2019, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,400,000 of which $1,965,163 have come from his One Drop cash at the WSOP.[10]


  1. ^ "William Perkins - The Big Game". Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "William O. Perkins III: Executive Profile & Biography". BloombergBusiness. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Linette Lopez (June 29, 2013). "This Is The Hedge Fund Manager That Knocked David Einhorn Out Of The World Series Of Poker". Business Insider. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Ojutiku, Mak. "St. Peter's Prep holds groundbreaking for $5.25 million athletic center", The Jersey Journal, January 21, 2016. Accessed November 3, 2016. "The facility's namesake, William 'Guy' Perkins, who was also present at the groundbreaking, provided a $1.5 million donation for the facility. Perkins, a Jersey City native, played for the school's football team before he graduated in 1986."
  5. ^ Phillips, Michael M. (September 24, 2008). "Trader Makes a Quick $1.25 Million on Rescue, Then Slams It". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Leydon, Joe (June 26, 2010). "Review: 'Unthinkable'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Pamela Maldonado (June 27, 2013). "Millionaire Businessmen Take On the Poker Pros in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller Event". PokerNews Global. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Linette Lopez (July 23, 2013). "Six Brilliant Hedge Fund Managers Played In A Secret Poker Tournament Last Night". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Pempus, Brian (April 7, 2016). "Dan Bilzerian, Bill Perkins Thinking Of Double-Or-Nothing Bets To Follow $1.2M Bike Ride Gamble". CardPlayer. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "William Perkins 'Bill'". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved April 8, 2018.

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