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Jonathan M. Nelson

Firm Name:

Providence Equity Partners


Founder and CEO


$49 Billion


Rhode Island


Private Equity


United States


BA in Economics from Brown Univeristy and MBA from Harvard Buisness School

Jonathan M. Nelson

Jonathan Nelson founded Providence Equity Partners in 1989, a pioneering sector-focused private equity firm, primarily focusing on media, communications, education and technology investments. Despite Providence’s substantial media holdings, Nelson has always kept a low profile – leading the New York Times to name him the “stealth mogul”. Providence currently manages more than $49 billion in capital and has expanded its remit to include education, software and information services. In 2019, the firm closed its eighth buyout fund with more than $6 billion in commitments. Recent notable investments by the firm include Ambassador Theatre Group, MásMóvil, OUTFRONT Media, DoubleVerify, Asurion, TopGolf, TAIT and Superstruct Entertainment. Providence’s exits by sale or IPO include iQiyi, Hulu, YES Network, Learfield Communications, Major League Soccer, Ironman, Autotrader, EdgeConneX, OEConnection, Study Group, Warner Music Group, Kabel Deutschland and ZeniMax Media. For a full list of Providence’s portfolio, see:

Mr. Nelson is on the board of The Chernin Grouo and Univision Communications. He has also served as a director of many other Providence portfolio companies, including Bresnan Communications, Eircom plc, Hulu, Language Line, MetroNet (now AT&T Canada), MLS Media, VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile US), Warner Music Group, Western Wireless Corporation (now AT&T Corp.) and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES). Nelson is a trustee of Brown University, Rockfeller University and Institute for Advanced Study and a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors at Harvard Business School. He is a board member of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals.

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