W. Jeffrey Brown

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W. Jeffrey Brown
Born1970 (age 48–49)
ResidenceWashington, DC, United States of America
Other namesJeff Brown
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materValley Forge Military Academy and College[1]
  • entrepreneur
  • investor
  • media proprietor
Known forFounder of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation[2]
WebsiteFourth Estate
Personal Homepage

W. Jeffrey Brown (born 1970) is an American entrepreneur, investor[3], and media proprietor.


Brown is the founder and executive director of the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation[4], and a stakeholder and angel investor in internet and media businesses. Brown was named as the first Entrepreneur in Residence[5][6][7] at Florida International University's School of Journalism in Miami. He was also a member of the School of Communication + Journalism Dean’s Advisory Board[8].

Early life and education[edit]

Brown, an American citizen, was born in Mexico to American citizens working abroad. Due to his father's job, his family moved frequently as he was growing up. From the age of twelve he attended boarding schools: Valley Forge Military Academy and College and West Nottingham Academy. A self described "horrible student", Brown attended Pikes Peak Community College, and the University of Northern Colorado – but dropped out without completing a degree[9].

Personal life[edit]

Brown splits his time between South Florida, Washington, DC, and Berlin. He has been married since 1994 and has two children. He is a self described humanist[10].


Brown changed party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in 2002. He is registered as a member of the Florida Democratic Party. [11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Education History at Linkedin". Linkedin. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ {{cite web |url=https://www.fourthestate.org/founders-message/
  3. ^ "Angel investors launch venture fund in Palm Beach County". Business Journals. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Copyright Registration, not Application, Must Precede Suit". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "SJMC names Jeff Brown first Entrepreneur in Residence". Florida International University. Florida International University. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ "FIU's SJMC names Jeff Brown its first Entrepreneur in Residence". Miami Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ "FIU looks to bring entrepreneurship to journalism with appointment". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ "FIU School of Communication + Journalism Dean's Advisory Board". FIU School of Communication + Journalism. FIU.
  9. ^ "Education History at Linkedin". Linkedin. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Twitter Profile: W. Jeffrey Brown". Twitter.
  11. ^ "Voter Registration". Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.