Ken Howery

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Ken Howery
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BornKenneth Alan Howery
(1975-11-04) November 4, 1975 (age 43)
Alma materStanford University
OccupationCo-founder and partner at Founders Fund
Known forCo-founder and CFO at PayPal

Kenneth Alan Howery (/ˈhaʊəri/; born November 4, 1975) is an American entrepreneur. He is co-founder/partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $3 billion under management. On October 16, 2018, President Donald J. Trump nominated Howery to be the United States Ambassador to Sweden.[1]


Born in 1975,[where?] Howery graduated from Stanford University in 1998 with a B.A. in economics. While at Stanford, he was managing editor of The Stanford Review, a student-run newspaper.[2] The same year he graduated, he co-founded PayPal with Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, Elon Musk, and Max Levchin. From 1998 to 2002, Howery served as PayPal’s CFO. Following PayPal's acquisition by eBay in 2002, Howery served as eBay's Director of Corporate Development until 2003. Howery then rejoined Thiel in 2004 at Clarium Capital Management, where he served as vice president of private equity, as well as a member of the research and trading teams.[citation needed]

In 2005, Howery and Thiel, along with fellow PayPal alumnus, Luke Nosek, started Founders Fund. He currently serves on the boards of Quantcast and ZocDoc. In 2010, Venture Capital Journal named Howery one of the Top 10 VCs under 36.[3] He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and Stanford, and has helped students at UC Berkeley and UT Austin's McCombs School of Business to develop business models.[4]

Public engagement[edit]

In March 2012, the World Economic Forum named Howery a Young Global Leader,[5] a community of “socially-minded men and women selected under the age of 40, who operate as a force for good to overcome barriers that elsewhere stand in the way of progress."[6] He is also a member of the Selection Committee for the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Program.[4]

Howery is a member of The Explorers Club, a non-profit group that promotes scientific exploration. In 2016, Howery stated that he had visited "eighty-six or eighty-seven countries".[7]

Howery serves as an advisor to Kiva, a 501(c)(3) charity organization which enables people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, which has a stated goal of increasing the United States' economic competitiveness in the global marketplace.[4]


  1. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts - The White House". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Life After the Stanford Review". The Stanford Review. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Staff (August 2, 2010). "Hot prospects: Top 10 VCs under 36". Reuters.
  4. ^ a b c "Board and Advisors | Kiva". Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ "List of 2012 Young Global Leaders Honourees" (PDF). World Economic Forum. July 20, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Young Global Leaders". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "Behind the Scenes with PayPal Co-Founder Ken Howery". IVY MAGAZINE. October 11, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2017.