According to reports, He died – after a long illness – at his home in Marin County, Calif.
Perkins was 84.
In 1972, he formed US’ premiere venture capital business along with co-founder Eugene Kleiner giving birth to the following legendary Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ partnerships.
Prior to KP, in the mid-1960’s, Perkins started University Laboratories to manufacture lasers based upon his original inventions in optics, which leter merged into Spectra-Physics. Later he was the first General Manager of the Hewlett Packard Company’s computer divisions.
Tom Perkins was a graduate of MIT in Electronic Engineering and Harvard University in Business Administration.
With offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Shanghai and Beijing, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is today one of the largest venture capital firms in the world. Investments include such disruptive tech companies as Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Nest, Netscape and Twitter.