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Xavier Niel


Mr. Xavier Niel is the Founder of Kima Ventures. 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.

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

Xavier Niel Investments & Acquisitions (92)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Kimaï 19-Nov-2019 Seed Round 00.000 Luxury Goods Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 00000 30-Oct-2019 00000 00000 0000 Publishing Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000 (0000000000 0 24-Jul-2019 00000 00000 00.000 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
000000 & 0é0000000 12-Jul-2019 000000000000 Asset Management Generating Revenue 000000 0000
00000000 27-Jun-2019 00000 00000 00.000 Information Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 000000 0000
000000 16-Jun-2019 00000 00000 000.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
0000000 27-May-2019 0000 00000 00.000 Other Software Startup 000000 0000
0000000 00000000 19-Mar-2019 0000 00000 00.000 Application Software Startup 000000 0000
Majelan 14-Dec-2018 Early Stage VC 00.000 Entertainment Software Startup 000000 0000
IbanFirst 05-Dec-2018 Early Stage VC 000.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000
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Xavier Niel Exits (19)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Snips 14-Nov-2019 Merger/Acquisition 000.00 Completed
0000000000000000.0 01-Mar-2019 000 00 00000000 Completed
00000 (00000000000 04-Sep-2018 0000000000: 000000 Completed
000000 08-Feb-2018 000000000000000000 000.00 Completed
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000000.00 22-Jan-2018 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 000
000000000.00 01-May-2017 000 00 00000000 Completed
00000 01-May-2017 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
  • 0000
0000 00 0000000000 07-Apr-2017 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 000000
Bunkr 17-Jan-2017 Merger/Acquisition Completed
Toze Labs 09-Dec-2016 Merger/Acquisition Completed
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Xavier Niel Team (1)

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