Douglas Leone

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Douglas Leone
Born (1957-07-04) July 4, 1957 (age 61)
Genoa, Italy
Residence Atherton, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell University
Columbia University
MIT Sloan School of Management
Occupation Partner at Sequoia Capital
Net worth US$3.8 billion (Forbes February 2018)[1]
Spouse(s) Patricia Perkins-Leone
Children 4

Douglas M. Leone (born July 4, 1957) is an American billionaire venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital.

Early life[edit]

Leone was born July 4, 1957 in Genoa, Italy.[2] His family moved to the United States when Leone was 11, and settled in Mount Vernon, New York.[3]

Leone earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1979,[4] a MS in industrial engineering from Columbia University in 1986,[5] and a MS in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1988.[3][6]


Leone began his career working in sales and management positions at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Prime Computer.[5][7]

Leone joined Sequoia Capital in 1988. He became a managing partner in 1996,[5] and the global managing partner in 2012.[8] In 2017, Forbes named him a top 10 investor in the technology industry in the United States.[9] He led Sequoia's international expansion into China and India.[10]

Leone was responsible for investments including ServiceNow, Aruba, Meraki, Rackspace, Netezza, Arbor/Hyperion, RingCentral and MedExpress. He sits on the board of PlanGrid, NuBank, Medallia, ZirMed, ActionIQ, Numerify, and Lattice Engines.[7][11]

In 2017, he was ranked #693 on Forbes' list of the World's Billionaires, with a net worth of US$2.9 billion.[1][12]

Personal life[edit]

Leone is married to Patricia Perkins-Leone. The couple has four children, and live in Atherton, California.[1][13] They have been seeking to build an oceanfront home in Makena, Maui, Hawaii, but as of November 2017, the Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled against the development.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Douglas Leone". Forbes. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Douglas Leone Story - Bio, Facts, Networth, Family, Auto, Home | Famous Capitalists | SuccessStory". Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b George Anders (March 26, 2014). "Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory". Forbes. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cornell University Alumni", "Cornell University", retrieved June 28, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Executive Profile: Douglas M. Leone","Bloomberg", retrieved June 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "The 25 Most Successful MIT Business School Graduates", "Business Insider", October 16, 2014, retrieved June 28, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Douglas Leone - Global Managing Partner @ Sequoia Capital | Crunchbase". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Doug Leone", "LinkedIn", retrieved June 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Midas List". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Forbes Midas List", Forbes, April 6, 2011, accessed April 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "Sequoia Capital", "Sequoia Capital", retrieved June 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  13. ^ a b "Supreme Court Rejects Takings Claim Of Landowner Against Maui County". 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.