Who We Are

The founding team of KBW Ventures have more than 50 years of combined experience in the Venture Capital segment.

HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal

As a figure of business, technology enthusiast, investor, and an advocate of entrepreneurship, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal is a firm proponent of clean energy, the humane treatment of animals, and a vocal supporter of the private sector in the Middle East.

A member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, Prince Khaled was born in Stanford and spent his youth in Riyadh under the mentorship of his father, philanthropist HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud, Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company.

Today, with holdings on five continents, Prince Khaled stands at the gateway between the Middle East’s evolving economies and the Western world, and is the Founding Chairman of KBW Investments. He invests in an array of successful, but diverse global businesses—from promising technology start-ups to established companies. Consistently, Prince Khaled’s focus is on ventures and ideas at the intersection of innovation and economic stability.

John Backus

Based in Washington DC, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing companies. Before becoming a venture capitalist, he co-founded US Order, which revolutionized online banking, went public in 1995 and was sold to Visa.

John serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) and the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, has served as a technology policy adviser to Virginia governors Gilmore, Warner and McDonnell and has contributed his views to The Washington Post, Tech Crunch, Fortune, VentureBeat, and the Huffington Post. John began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first management consultant to take a full-time operating role in a portfolio company.

Will Fork

Will Fork is a senior lawyer at the Washington DC office of Pillsbury, a leading international law firm. He represents electric utilities and companies on international energy transaction, export control, nuclear liability and domestic regulatory issues. He has served as the General Counsel of a civil nuclear power program.

A Fulbright Scholar, Will holds a J.D. and LL.M from Cornell University Law School, a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a diploma from the University of Montpellier, France. He teaches regularly for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Atomic Energy Agency.