Xavier Niel Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Professionals
  • 1
  • Investments
  • 108
  • Portfolio
  • 67
  • Exits
  • 27

Xavier Niel General Information


Mr. Xavier Niel is a Co-Founder of Kima Ventures. He is the Founder and serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Iliad. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as Senior Vice President, Director & Deputy-Chairman at Mediawan. He serves on the Board of Iliad. He also serves as Strategy Committee Member at Impala Group. He is a self-taught entrepreneur and has been active in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. Prior to devoting himself to the Iliad group development in 1993 he co-founded France's first Internet service provider (ISP), Worldnet. Subsequently, after founding 3617 ANNU, the leading reverse look-up directory service on Minitel, in 1999 he went on to create Free - France's first free-access ISP. Xavier Niel was the architect behind the 2002 launch of the Freebox - the first multi-services box providing households with access to a triple play offering (Internet, telephone and television). He has also been the inspiration behind the group's major strategic developments, including its current rollout of the 4G mobile network in France and its mobile offerings which were launched on January 10, 2012. The strategy of the Iliad group proved successful as (i) its total number of subscribers increased from 10.6 million in December 2012 to 17.8 million in December 2015, thus representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% over the period, and (ii) in the long-time oligopoly environment of French mobile operators, Free Mobile's market share grew from 0% in 2011 to 17% in December 2015. In parallel, for many years Xavier Niel has invested considerably in web start-ups. In March 2010 he set up his own investment fund, Kima Ventures, one of the world's most active early-stage investors, which invests in 50 to 100 start-ups a year throughout the world. In addition, since 2010 he has held an ownership interest in the Le Monde newspaper, alongside Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse. Since summer 2014, Mr. Xavier Niel, Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse have also been the joint owners of the French weekly magazine L'Obs. Mr. Niel has also invested in the telecommunications sector for many years in a personal capacity through NJJ Holding. He acquired a 55% stake in Monaco Telecom in 2014 and Orange Switzerland (now renamed Salt) in February 2015. He serves as Board Member at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. He serves as the Non-Executive Director at Eir. He is also an Angel Investor. He serves as Chairman at NJJ Capital.

Contact Information

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Paris
  • France

Xavier Niel Investments & Acquisitions (108)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Trone 26-Nov-2020 Angel (individual) 00.000 Home Furnishings Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 0000 23-Jun-2020 00000 00000 000.00 National Banks Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00 000 0000000 27-May-2020 00000 00000 00.000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
000000 03-Mar-2020 00000 00000 000.00 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 20-Jan-2020 00000 00000 00.000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00000000 01-Jan-2020 00000 00000 000.00 Electronics (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000ï 19-Nov-2019 0000 00000 00.000 Luxury Goods Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 00000 30-Oct-2019 00000 00000 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Urgence Docteurs 10-Sep-2019 Seed Round 00.000 Other Healthcare Services Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Bsit (Babysitter Finding App) 24-Jul-2019 Early Stage VC 00.000 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
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Xavier Niel Exits (27)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Everoad 09-Jun-2020 Merger/Acquisition
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0000 0000 00000000 14-Nov-2019 000000000000000000 000.00
00000 14-Nov-2019 000000000000000000 000.00
00000000000 26-Mar-2019 0000000000: 000000
0000000000000000.0 01-Mar-2019 000 00 00000000
0000000000 01-Jan-2019 000 00 00000000
Stootie 03-Dec-2018 Merger/Acquisition
Prizm (Electronics) 04-Sep-2018 Bankruptcy: Liquidation
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Xavier Niel Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Xavier Niel Angel Investor 000 0 0 Paris, France
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Xavier Niel Co-Investors (187)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Kima Ventures 29 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Bpifrance 00 0 Series chart Industry bar
Jacques-Antoine Granjon 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Connect Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Thibaud Elziere 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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