When his father was three years old, Kellner’s grandparents left Hungary for America, arriving on Ellis Island in 1947. In pursuit of the American Dream, the small family lived and worked in Queens. A man aspiring to enter the tie-making business offered Kellner’s grandfather seed investment to start a company. Paul Kellner turned the $25,000 into a successful business with millions of dollars in annual revenue selling ties exclusively to Gant.
In the 1960s, Kellner’s grandfather sold the tie factory and purchased 750 acres of arable farmland in the Hudson Valley region. Part of the property included Richmond Hill, a U.S. landmark home and farm built by the Livingston family, signatories of the Declaration of Independence.
While at Princeton in the 1990s, Peter was introduced to Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka. Bill would inspire the rest of Peter’s career and remains one of his closest friends to this day. Catalyzed by Drayton’s pioneering efforts in social entrepreneurship, Kellner cofounded what he views as the Ashoka of private sector entrepreneurship: Endeavor Global, the largest global network supporting high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. An avid student of philosophy, Kellner was influenced by the work of Peter Drucker, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Hayek, Joseph Schumpeter, and Gary Becker.
The family’s transformative entrepreneurial story drove Kellner to found Richmond Global in 1995. Intending to use the power of investments to uphold the American ideals of democracy, freedom, hard work, and productivity, Kellner named the firm after the Richmond Hill property, a representation of his own family’s journey that he could replicate by investing in the potential of others. Richmond Hill’s legacy is also one of our nation’s Founding Fathers’ commitment to liberty and prosperity.
Peter Kellner is Founder & Managing Partner of Richmond Global Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in disruptive technologies globally and leveraging for investments in the 26 country network of Endeavor Global, an NGO he co-founded in 1996 to identify and cultivate the highest-impacting entrepreneurs in the world. He spearheaded Endeavor’s launch—building offices and identifying entrepreneurs—initially in Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. After university, as a Fulbright Scholar to Hungary, he founded the Environmental Management & Law Association (EMLA), one of Central Europe’s most influential NGOs in environmental policy and originally backed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Mr. Kellner is Chairman & CEO of Richmond Global Compass, a discretionary values-driven global macro fund that integrates sustainability practices into meticulous traditional research. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by assessing investment and trading opportunities across global asset classes and allocating capital to strategies believed to offer the most attractive risk-adjusted returns. RGCF focuses on identifying investment themes based on a top-down assessment of macroeconomic events via fundamental, quantitative, industry, economic, community, asset class, and securities analyses. We leverage proprietary technology with an emphasis on data science and artificial intelligence to support quantitative processes. This analysis then feeds into a bottom-up assessment of intrinsic risks of companies and/or countries.
Mr. Kellner is a board member of Rubicon Global, Market Realist, Restorando, Kueski, and Vestorly. He has invested in and lived on five continents over 20 years, seeding some of the largest platform technology companies from Brazil to China. He is a Member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He has served on the boards of Endeavor Global, Endeavor Jordan, Endeavor Chile, Endeavor Louisville, and Endeavor Miami, and he is a Trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council for International Policy, and International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also a Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He lectured in Princeton’s Engineering Department on entrepreneurship for 13 years and provided the funding to create the University’s E-Lab for student entrepreneurship.