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Orlando Bravo

Firm Name:

Thoma Bravo


Co-Founder and Managing Partner


$70 Billion


Chicago, Illinois


Private Equity


Puerto Rico


B.A. Brown, M.B.A and J.D. Stanford

Orlando Bravo

Orlando Bravo is a Puerto Rican businessman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm that specialises in software and tech-enabled service sectors. He began his career working in M&A at Morgan Stanley, before joining Thoma Bravo’s predecessor firm, Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Inc. (TCEP).

In the early 2000s Carl Thoma, a co-founder of the firm, allowed Bravo to lead the acquisition of product distribution software provider Prophet 21. The firm launched itself by executing its first software deal, and one of the earliest take-private transactions in the sector. At the time, Bravo noted it fit TCEP's strategy of buying strong franchises in large and fragmented industries. Because the deal happened when lenders were hesitant to provide capital for such deals, the deal took place with almost no dependence on leverage. Bravo brought in the firm's first operating partner to address the issue of the software companies’ running on high gross margins with the potential of decent profitability but were instead often losing money. After three years Prophet 21 produced a return of 4.7x at exit.

In 2019, Forbes 400 listed Bravo as the first Puerto Rican-born billionaire, debuting at #287. Bravo is a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma matter, Brown University. He is also a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Bay Area Chapter, Stanford GSB Alumni Chapter, Stanford Law School San Franciso Chapter and Stanford Latino Alumni Association.

He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Brown University, and has both a J.D. and M.B.A from Stanford University.

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