Xavier Niel Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Status
  • Active
  • Professionals
  • 1
  • Investments
  • 132
  • Portfolio
  • 82
  • Exits
  • 34

Xavier Niel General Information


Mr. Xavier Niel is a Co-Founder of Kima Ventures. He serves as Board Member at Eir Telecom. 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 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-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 he 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, he, Mr. Pierre Bergé, 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 Board Member at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. 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 (132)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
DFNS 13-Apr-2022 Seed Round 000.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00000000 02-Mar-2022 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00000000 23-Feb-2022 00000 00000 000.00 Construction and Engineering Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00ī 22-Jan-2022 0000 00000 0000 Other Healthcare Technology Systems Startup 000000 0000
0000 12-Jan-2022 00000 00000 00.000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00000 23-Nov-2021 00000 00000 00.000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 24-Sep-2021 00000 00000 00000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
000000 22-Sep-2021 00000 00000 00000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Ledgy 07-Sep-2021 Early Stage VC 0000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
Oxio (Internet Service Providers) 19-Jul-2021 Later Stage VC 000.00 Internet Service Providers Generating Revenue 000000 0000
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Xavier Niel Exits (34)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Dreamzer 05-Mar-2022 Out of Business
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00000 000 00000000 12-Jan-2021 000000000000000000
00000 (000000000 0 16-Dec-2020 000 00 00000000
0000000 09-Jun-2020 000000000000000000
00000000 24-Jan-2020 000000000000000000 000.00
000000{0} 01-Jan-2020 000 00 00000000
Arts Live Entertainment 14-Nov-2019 Merger/Acquisition 000.00
Snips 14-Nov-2019 Merger/Acquisition 000.00
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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 (396)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Kima Ventures 22 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Bpifrance 00 0 Series chart Industry bar
Financière Saint-James 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Marc Simoncini 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Thibaud Elziere 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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