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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr.

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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr.
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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr. at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017
Born (1944-02-01) February 1, 1944 (age 80)
New York, New York, U.S.
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materPrinceton (BA)
Columbia School of Law (JD)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
💼 Occupation
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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr. (born February 1, 1944) is an American venture capitalist and philanthropist who also has been active in healthcare development and United States national security. He joined Greylock Partners.[1] in 1971 and is currently a special limited partner.[2] He is on the Executive Committee of In-Q-Tel.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Cox was born to Howard Ellis Cox [5] and Anne Crane Delafield (Finch) [6] in New York City.

Cox attended grade school at Allen-Stevenson and graduated from Collegiate Schoo in New York City. He graduated Princeton University in 1964 where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1967. He graduated from Harvard Business Schoo in 1969.[7]

Investment career[edit]

Cox joined Greylock in 1971,[2] which is a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.[8]

Cox is a director of the investment firm Brown Advisory,[9] an advisory trustee of a number of Fidelity Mutual Funds [10] and director emeritus of Stryker Corporation.[11] Cox served on the board of three New York Stock Exchange Companies—Stryker,[12] Centene [13][14] and Affiliated Publications[15](owner of the Boston Globe).[16] He is a past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.[17]

National security career[edit]

Cox served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis).[18][19][7] He joined the board of In-Q-Tel in 2000.[20][3] Cox is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairs the Finance and Investment Committee.[9] He serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security,[21] Brookings Institution,[22] is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations [23] and former member Secretary of Defense Business Board of Directors.[24]


Cox supports the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative.[25] He is listed as one of the founding members of the HBS On-Line Learning Program].[26] As a board member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Program [27] he is listed on the honor roll of funders [28] for the Harvard Kennedy learning module. Cox serves as a Trustee and on various committees of The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,[29] Museum of Fine Arts and Norton Museum;[30][31] Board of Fellows, Harvard Medical School;[32] Dean's Councils, Kennedy School [28] and Harvard Business School [33]


Cox married Julia Bolton Dempsey[34][35] in 1970 and they were divorced in 2005 with no children. Cox's brother is Edward Cox and sister is Mazie Cox. He is a descendant of Robert Livingston.[36]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Howard Cox".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Szoldra, Paul. "Some of the people investing the CIA's money in startups are under scrutiny". Business Insider.
  4. "Bridging technology, venture, and intelligence – In-Q-Tel – Strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to U.S. Government agencies".
  5. "Howard Cox, 76, Prominent Lawyer".
  6. "Anne Cox, 86, a Socialite and Designer, Dies". The New York Times. 28 January 2005.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Howard E. Cox | Baker Library | Bloomberg Center | Harvard Business School".
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Howard E. Cox, Jr. | Brown Advisory".
  10. "Howard Cox".
  11. "Stryker - Governance - Board of Directors - Person Details".
  12. "Stryker announces Mr. Howard E. Cox, Jr. will retire from Board of Directors".
  13. SEC Filing Centene Corporation
  14. Neidorff's stock valued at $5.7 million
  15. United States. Securities and Exchange Commission (1992). Official Summary of Security Transactions and Holdings Reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. p. 5. Search this book on
  16. "Official Summary of Security Transactions and Holdings Reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935". 1992.
  17. "Howard Cox Presented with Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award – National Venture Capital Association – NVCA".
  19. "ISO Group's Board of Directors".
  20. "Our History".
  21. "About BENS - Leadership - Business Executives for National Security".
  22. "Board of Trustees". 22 July 2016.
  23. "Council on Foreign Relations". Council on Foreign Relations.
  24. "Department Announces New Defense Business Board Members". U.S. Department of Defense.
  25. "Advisory Board - Health Care - Harvard Business School".
  26. "Founding Donors - HBS Online - Harvard Business School".
  27. "Young Global Leaders: Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century".
  28. 28.0 28.1 "The Campaign for Harvard Kennedy School: Impact Report".
  29. "Howard Cox". World Economic Forum.
  30. "Norton Museum of Art | Campaign Support".
  31. "ART SCENE: Norton Benefit Draws a Crowd to Celebrate the Launch of Museum's Expansion | Hamptons Art HubHamptons Art Hub". February 21, 2019.
  32. "Board of Fellows".
  33. "Story Details - Alumni - Harvard Business School".
  34. "H. E. Cox Jr. Fiance of Julia Dempsey". September 6, 1970 – via
  35. "Miss Julia Bolton Dempsey Married". November 1, 1970 – via
  36. Nemy, Enid; Times, Special To the New York (July 27, 1981). "The Livingstons - a Clan's Story" – via

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