Richard Sarnoff Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 10

  • Portfolio
  • 3

  • Exits
  • 6


Richard Sarnoff General Information


Mr. Richard Sarnoff serves as KKR Advisor & Chairman, Media at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. He serves as Co-Chairman at Chegg. He was also a Board Member at Pandora Radio. Prior to this position, he served as a Senior Adviser to KKR, working closely with both investment teams and portfolio companies. Until 2011, he was Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann and President of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI.) A longstanding senior executive at Bertelsmann, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Random House beginning in 1998 and became the first US executive to serve on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG in 2002. Starting in 2006, he established and ran its corporate digital media investing arm, BDMI, and concurrently served as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He was named the publishing industry's Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly magazine in 2009. He graduated summa cum laude, from Princeton University with a BA in Art and Archaeology, and earned an MBA from Harvard University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Weld North, Cengage, and Chegg; and of not-for-profit organizations including the Center for Communication, the Bronx Lab School, Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, and New Classrooms/School of One. Previously, he served on the board at Activision Blizzard.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • New York, NY
  • United States

Richard Sarnoff Investments (10)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
[Snack]able 19-Sep-2019 Seed Round 00.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Cluster (Electronic Components) 08-Mar-2019 0000 00000 00.00 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Realm (Broadcasting, Radio and Television) 01-Mar-2019 0000 00000 00.000 Broadcasting, Radio and Television Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Tynker 31-May-2016 00000 00000 000.00 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Fuisz Media 30-Jul-2015 00000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Out of Business 0000000 0000000
Loop Commerce 28-Apr-2015 00000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Kifi 07-Apr-2015 00000 00000 0000 Internet Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Kifi 12-Mar-2013 0000 00000 000 Internet Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Tipalti 01-Mar-2013 Early Stage VC 000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000000 0000000
Zao 28-Jun-2012 Seed Round 00.00 Human Capital Services Startup 0000000 0000000

Richard Sarnoff Exits (6)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
[Snack]able 01-Dec-2022 Merger/Acquisition
Tynker 16-Sep-2021 000000000000000000 00000
Loop Commerce 08-Jun-2018 000000000000000000
Fuisz Media 01-Oct-2017 000 00 00000000
Kifi 12-Jul-2016 Merger/Acquisition
Zao 22-Aug-2014 Merger/Acquisition

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Richard Sarnoff Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Richard Sarnoff Angel Investor 00 0 0 New York, NY

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