L. John Doerr (born 6/29/1951) is an American investor and venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California. He is one of five siblings from St Louis. John graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School before earning a BS and MEE Degree from Rice University. He has also finished his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Doeer started work at the Intent Corporation in 1974, just as the company was developing the 8080 8-bit microprocessor. He proved himself thereby becoming one of Intel’s most successful salespeople. He holds several patents on memory devices. He was offered a job with Kleiner Perkins in 1980. Intel president Andrew Grove told him then, “John, venture capital, that’s not a real job. It’s like being a real estate agent.” But after joining Kleiner Perkins, he has been extremely successful directing the distribution of venture capital funding to some of the most well known technology companies in the world, including Google, Intuit, and Amazon.
John co-founded and serves on the board of the New Schools Venture Fund, an education reform and charter public schools fund, and TechNet, a policy network of high-tech CEOs advocating education and litigation reform as well as policies for the innovation economy. He advocates for clean energy technologies and stem cell therapies. Forbes magazine has put on in the Midas list, where he is regarded as one of the top technology venture capitalists in the world. He presently serves on the boards of Google, Amyris Bbiotech, Tradesy, and Synga. Doerr led Kleiner Perkins’s $150 million investment into twitter in 2012.
In 2017, related to Forbes, he was recognized as the 40th Richest In Technology. In July of 2017 Forbes ranked Doerr as the 105th richest person in the United States and the 303rd richest person in the world. In February of 2018 he had a net worth of US$ 7.5 billion. By 2019, his net worth increased to $7.7 billion. He is ranked 215th in the 2019 Billionaires list and 56th in The Midas List: Top Tech Investors 2019.
In February 2009, John Doerr was appointed a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. His role there is to provide the President and his administration with advice and counsel in trying to fix America’s economic downturn. Doerr is the author of Measure What Matters, a book about goal-setting.