According to reports Steel consoled Perkins after the death of his wife and he consoled her after the death of her 19-year-old son. A few months after Steel’s divorce from shipping executive John Traina, Perkins and Steel get married. For the wedding Steel buys Perkins a $400,000 Bentley, and a two-day affair is held at her 1913 beaux arts mansion in San Francisco. For the reception, she wears a white Yves Saint Laurent gown with a red satin bow and displays Perkins wedding present, an extravagant diamond and emerald necklace. The wedding cake was baked in the shape of a yacht with the married couple on the bow. They live in a $6 million Marin County mansion and collect antique cars.
Perkisn is racing off the French coast when his yacht collides with a smaller boat, killing a French doctor on board.
I was arrested and tried in a foreign court in a language you don’t understand, by judges indifferent – or worse – to justice, represented by an inappropriate lawyer with the negative outcome preordained.
Perkins is convicted of involuntary manslaughter and fined $10,000.
Perkins founds Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the first venture capital firms with Eugene Klein. Later, Frank Caufield and Brook Byers joined the firm, eventually becoming named partners.
He receives a Master of Business Administration from Harvard.
Receives a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (course 6) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Born in Illinois.
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