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Habib Kairouz

BS '88

Managing Partner
Rho Capital Partners, Inc. (New York, NY)


Habib Kairouz is a Managing Partner of Rho Capital Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity firm with over $2 billion under management. Habib is a General Partner in Rho Ventures, the direct venture capital arm of Rho, focusing on early stage and growth investments in new media, information technology, telecommunication, alternative energy and healthcare companies. He is also a member of the Investment Committees of Rho Fund Investors, a global, diversified, private equity fund of funds as well as Rho Canada, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on companies in Canada.

Habib has previously represented Rho Ventures on the boards of a number of portfolio companies that achieved successful liquidity events such as Answersoft (sold to Davox), iVillage (sold to NBC), Tripod (sold to Lycos), Tacoda (sold to Time Warner) and Yantra (sold to AT&T). He also currently sits on the boards of Innerwireless, Intralinks, ReachLocal, Travel Ad Network, Verified Person and Waterfront Media.

Prior to joining Rho in 1993, Habib worked for five years in investment banking and leveraged buyouts with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont.


He received a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.