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 a working farm 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. Richmond Hill’s legacy is also one of our nation’s Founding Fathers’ commitment to liberty and prosperity.
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 with Linda Rottenberg, an employee of Ashoka at the time, 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.
His own family’s transformative entrepreneurial story drove Kellner to found Richmond Global in 2000. Intending to use the power of investment to further 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 working with and helping to develop the potential of others.
Peter Kellner is Founder & Managing Partner of Richmond Global Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies across the US and the world. He co-founded Endeavor Global in 1997 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. Endeavor is currently operating in 36 countries. 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 a co-founder and Director of Richmond Global Sciences. RGS is a technology company creating a suite of tools for managers and designed to make decisions regarding the allocation of capital inside organizations or markets. RGS provides a systematic assessment of product impact for every industry of the economy filling a significant gap in the current ESG data landscape. Kellner is Chairman & CEO of Richmond Global Compass, an investment firm that integrates sustainability practices into traditional research.
Mr. Kellner is a board member of several technology companies. 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. Kellner is a trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York and a board member of America | The Jesuit Review. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council for International Policy, and International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is 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.