Xavier Niel Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 151

  • Portfolio
  • 83

  • Exits
  • 47


Xavier Niel General Information


Mr. Xavier Niel is a Co-Founder of Kima Ventures. He serves as a Board Member at Eir Telecom. He is the Founder and Owner and serves as Vice President at Free (Internet Service Providers). He is a Co-Founder of New Wave. He is the Founder and Chairman at iliad. He serves as an Investor at Breakthrough Energy. He serves as an Executive at Atlas Investissement. He is a self-taught entrepreneur and has been active in the data communications, Internet, and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. Before 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 lookup directory service on Minitel, in 1999 he went on to create Free - France's first free-access ISP. He was the architect behind the 2002 launch of the Freebox - the first multi-service 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 he has invested considerably in web start-ups. In March 2010 he set up his 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 Bergà and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse. Since the summer of 2014, he, Mr. Pierre BergÃ, and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse have also been the joint owners of the French weekly magazine L'Obs. He 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 an Independent Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. He serves as Chairman at NJJ Capital.

Business Details

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

Xavier Niel Investments & Acquisitions (151)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Cure51 20-Mar-2024 Seed Round 000.00 Database Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Bioptimus 19-Feb-2024 0000 00000 0000 Biotechnology Startup 000000 0000
Nabla 05-Jan-2024 00000 00000 0000 Other Healthcare Technology Systems Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Le Crayon 08-Oct-2023 00000 (00000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Poolside AI 24-Aug-2023 0000 00000 00000 Software Development Applications Startup 000000 0000
Omada (Entertainment Software) 22-Aug-2023 0000 00000 00.000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Mistral AI 13-Jun-2023 0000 00000 00000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Skarlett 20-Apr-2023 0000 00000 00.000 Real Estate Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Qiara 13-Apr-2023 Early Stage VC 0000 Electronics (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Brut Media 06-Apr-2023 Later Stage VC 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 000000 0000

Xavier Niel Exits (47)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Superpedestrian 12-Mar-2024 Merger/Acquisition 000
Quattrocento 01-Mar-2024 000000000 00000000
Braineet 11-Jan-2024 000000000000000000
Costockage 02-Jan-2024 0000000000
Athenian 08-Nov-2023 000000000000000000
AlloMedia 01-Nov-2023 0000000000
Big Mamma 19-Sep-2023 0000000000 00000
Dreem (Clinics/Outpatient Services) 11-Jul-2023 000000000000000000
Doctrine 11-Apr-2023 Buyout/LBO 00000
Triplebyte 16-Mar-2023 Merger/Acquisition

Xavier Niel Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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Xavier Niel Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Xavier Niel Angel Investor 000 0 0 Paris, France

Xavier Niel Co-Investors (363)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Bpifrance 10 0 Series chart Industry bar
Kima Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Motier Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Frst Capital 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Sequoia Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

Xavier Niel FAQs

  • Who is Xavier Niel?

    Xavier Niel is an angel Investor who has made 151 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Xavier Niel?

    Xavier Niel is an angel investor.

  • What does Xavier Niel do?

    As an angel investor, Xavier Niel invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does Xavier Niel hold?

    Xavier Niel holds 2 board seats including Mirakl and Ateme.

  • What has Xavier Niel invested in?

    Xavier Niel has made numerous investments in companies like Cure51, Bioptimus, and Nabla within the Database Software, Biotechnology, and Healthcare Technology Systems industries.

  • What has Xavier Niel invested in recently?

    Xavier Niel's latest investment was on 20-Mar-2024 in Cure51, a company within the Database Software industry.

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