Mark is the co-founder and CEO of Mangrove. He grew up in Africa and Egypt, went to university in the US and has lived in Europe for 20 years, integrating values of ambition, humility and open-mindedness along the way. He launched our firm in 2000 with Gerard Lopez and Hans-Jürgen Schmitz on the belief that talent is everywhere and that bold entrepreneurs should make more money than he does. This philosophy is imbedded in his firm’s DNA. Mark thinks entrepreneurs are the real stars and spends his time traveling extensively across the globe looking for the next big thing.
Mark is interested in weird ideas. In fact, the weirder, the better. He engages with entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the norm and change the world. He is critical, direct and impatient, yet always supportive. He currently serves on the boards of Nimbuzz, FreedomPop and Wix and have had the privilege of being involved with Skype until the company was sold to eBay for €2.5 billion.
Mark was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as one of the top 100 global deal makers in technology and selected in 2010 as one of the 30 most influential persons in Luxembourg.
Mark spent the first 10 years of his professional life at Arthur Andersen, ultimately becoming a Partner in their business consulting practice before running their European venture capital fund. Meanwhile, he invested personally into several small businesses, tasting success when his brother took his company, the Frederick Brewing Company, public in 1997.
Passionate about Africa, cars, football and wine, he lives with his wife and two children between Luxembourg and Barcelona, where he produces his own cava. Outside of Mangrove Capital, Mark sits on the boards of Galenicum, a leading European generic drug company and the Mangrove Foundation, a philanthropic organization.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.