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Ethos Capital is a private equity investment firm founded in 2019 and best known for its attempt to acquire the Public Interest Registry, the organization in charge of managing the .org top-level domain, from the Internet Society for $1.135 billion. On 30 April 2020, the ICANN Board decided to withhold its consent to transfer control of the Public Internet Registry to Ethos Capital, effectively killing the proposed deal.
According to Ethos Capital's website, other investments are Whistle (sports network for kids), Adhark (AI trend analytics), LiquidX (asset trading network), and VidMob (video marketing). Besides Ethos, potential investors in the .ORG deal reportedly included FMR, Perot Holdings and Solamere Capital, among others.  Because the .ORG deal did not close, it is unclear whether any of these companies are currently investors in Ethos Capital.
Personnel and relationship to ICANN and domain industry
Former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé registered the domain name ethoscapital.org in May 2019, one day after price caps were lifted from the .org domain. Chehadé's company, Chehadé & Co., served as an adviser to Ethos Capital on the .ORG deal. As of July, 2020, Chehadé was listed on the Ethos website as its Co-CEO. However his name did not appear on the initial Ethos Capital web site.
As of 2019, the Ethos web site said it was founded by its present CEO, Erik Brooks. Brooks is a former Managing Partner of another private equity firm Abry Partners. During his tenure at Abry, in September 2018, the company acquired Donuts, a domain name registrar with a wide portfolio of new gTLDs. In October 2018 former ICANN President of Global Domains Akram Atallah joined Donuts as CEO, and in December 2018 Donuts co-founder Jon Nevett joined Public Interest Registry as CEO.
Other former ICANN staff members are involved: Former ICANN Senior Vice President, Development and Public Responsibility Programs Nora Abusitta-Ouri serves as Chief Purpose Officer. Former ICANN Chief Compliance Officer Allen Grogan serves as an advisor to Ethos Capital.
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