Nicole Junkermann

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Nicole Junkermann born 27 April 1980 is a German entrepreneur and investor. She was born in Düsseldorf, daughter of businessman Heinz Junkermann, has lived in Spain for a period, following her family, and now she lives in West London. She is the founder of NJF Holdings, which includes NJF Capital, NJF Private Equity, NJF Real Estate and The JJ Collection.[1]

Career[edit]

Junkermann began her business career as a co-founder of football gaming portal Winamax.[2] Following its sale in 2001 for approximately 650 million dollars, she invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media, a sports media rights agency.[3] Three of her early investments, Songza,[4] Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively.[5] Junkermann's holdings and activities have included Infront,[3] United in Sports, Songza[4] and Shanghai Really Sports.

Junkermann was one of the shareholders of Infront Sports & Media, a firm that provided sports and media rights management.[6] Junkermann served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Infront, which ultimately sold to Bridgepoint, a private equity firm based in Europe, in 2008.[7]

In 2005, Junkermann founded a private equity fund, United in Sports, focused on media and sports investments in Asia and Europe. United in Sports raised €242.2 million in 2007.[8]

In 2013, Junkermann was part of a group of investors in Songza, an application developed to provide playlists.[4][9] In July 2014, Google announced its acquisition of Songza, for which it paid an estimated $39 million.[4][10]

In April 2015, Junkermann founded private equity firm NJF Capital in London.[11][12] It has a portfolio of 26 companies in the areas of content, media and technology.[13]

On 13 June 2017, Junkermann was named co-chair of Magnum Global Ventures, alongside Thomas Dworzak. In July 2017, Junkermann invested in a newly created subsidiary, Magnum Global Ventures, to manage the assets of Magnum Photos.[14][2]

Junkermann served on the Department of Health and Social Care’s Healthtech Advisory Board, having been appointed by The Right Honourable Matt Hancock, MP in November 2018.[15][16] The board guides the Secretary of State and government on its mission to transform technology in the National Health Service.[17] Junkermann also invested in the startup Owkin through the found NJF Capital Founders.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2017 Junkermann married Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti,[19] the heir of an Italian oil business dynasty.[20] They have a daughter, Vita, born in December 2017.

Junkermann’s brother-in-law is Ugo Brachetti Peretti.[21]

Junkermann supports the work of both her mother-in-law Mila Peretti (the National Inspectress of the Italian Red Cross and the only woman in Italy to carry the military grade of General) [22] and Elsa Brachetti, the prominent Italian jewellery designer and philanthropist known in particular for her design pieces created for Tiffany & Co.[23]

As a supporter of the arts, Junkermann has been a committee member of the Tate Americas Foundation, an independent charity that supports the work of the Tate Gallery in the United Kingdom, since 2005. To date the charity has raised over $300m for the Tate Gallery. In 2014 she founded the JJ Collection dedicated to supporting emerging Latin American artists [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloomberg - Biography". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. ^ a b "Legendary Magnum Photos forced into overhaul now that "everyone has become a photographer"". Straits Times. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b Murray, James. "Bridgepoint reaches agreement to acquire Infront Sports & Media AG".
  4. ^ a b c d Lieberman, David. "Google Buys Songza to Give Music Lists a Human Touch". Deadline.
  5. ^ "Innovation award category winner: Coindrum offers homegrown solution to foreign coins problem". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  6. ^ "Team Nicole Junkermann". Trilantic Capital Partners.
  7. ^ "Bridgepoint reaches agreement to acquire Infront Sports & Media AG". Bridgepoint.
  8. ^ "QIA in race for Swiss media agency". Financial Times.
  9. ^ "Songza (USA) Raised $3.8M According To SEC Filing". IEG Banking Blog.
  10. ^ Sisario, Ben. "Google in Deal for Songza, a Music Playlist Service".
  11. ^ "NJF Capital Limited". Endole. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Jobbio Bags €5m From NFJ Capital, Balderton Chief To Fund Ambitious Expansion Plans For Recruitment Disruptor". Haggerston Times. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Nicole Junkermann, la emprendedora que debes conocer". Vogue. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Magnum Photos announces its first outside investment in 70 years". British Journal of Photography. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  15. ^ "Health technology expert panel meets for the first time". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  16. ^ "Interview: "KI kann verstörend wirken" – Investorin Junkermann über Fluch und Segen Künstlicher Intelligenz". www.handelsblatt.com (in German). Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  17. ^ "https://twitter.com/dhscmedia/status/1064566928449118208". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-11-25. External link in |title= (help)
  18. ^ https://www.njfcapital.de/owkin-1
  19. ^ "Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti", Wikipedia, 2020-08-13, retrieved 2020-11-25
  20. ^ "Count F.M. Brachetti-Peretti and Miss N. Junkermann - Marriages Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  21. ^ "Ugo Brachetti Peretti", Wikipedia, 2020-07-02, retrieved 2020-11-25
  22. ^ a b "Committees | TATE AMERICAS FOUNDATION". tateamericas.org. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  23. ^ "Elsa Peretti", Wikipedia, 2020-10-24, retrieved 2020-11-25

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