Tom Perkins

Tom Perkins15 posts

Tom Perkins is an American venture capitalist who was a founding partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Mar 1998

Marries Danielle Steel


Danielle SteelAccording 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.


Yacht collision causes doctor death

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.


Starts venture capital firm with Eugene Klein


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.

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