Meet NBA owner Joe Lacob in the Forum

Joseph S. Lacob, co-executive chairman, CEO and governor of the Golden State Warriors will launch a new Business of Sports Speaker Series at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 in the Frick Forum. The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Lacob, a parent of a current WUSTL student, has made a generous donation to Olin to expand the Business of Sports program.

To complement the current program for a Business of Sports minor, the Lacob gift will sponsor a speaker series, an internship program, and help fund experiential learning opportunities such as consulting projects and case competitions.

Joeseph Lacob

Joeseph Lacob

About Joseph Lacob
Lacob has been a partner of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers since 1987. Though still an active partner in the firm, he has relinquished his managing partner role to pursue his lifelong goal of owning and operating an NBA team. In his role as a venture capitalist, he has led investments in more than 50 start-up companies across multiple fields in life sciences and medical technologies, the Internet and energy.

Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, Lacob was an executive with Cetus Corp., FHP International, a health maintenance organization, and the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

Lacob earned a bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of California-Irvine, a master’s in public health (epidemiology) from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He credits the master’s degree in epidemiology (biostatistics) with providing a statistics background that fueled his interest in sports. It also played a role in his decision to invest in Sportsline — one of the first sports Internet sites — and one of Lacob’s earliest sports success stories.

Image: Caitlin Childs, Golden State Warriors, Flickr Creative Commons

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