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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Jonathan Korngold

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 20161. Jonathan KorngoldHead, Global Financial Services SectorGeneral AtlanticLast year: 5

As exciting and transformative as the current wave of financial technology innovation may be, “a false sense of bravado” one to two years ago clouded many strategists’ and investors’ vision of the long-term big picture, according to Jonathan Korngold. Long-term and big picture are defining characteristics of global growth equity firm General Atlantic, which was formed in 1980 and which Korngold, its New York–based head of financial services, joined in 2001 after working in principal investments and M&A at Goldman Sachs Group. In the past year the team that Korngold has been leading since 2012 made more than $1 billion in new and add-on financial services and fintech investments; the sector is General Atlantic’s biggest, accounting for nearly a third of the total portfolio. Irrespective of the hype cycle, the fintech momentum is accelerating: Korngold points to such highlights as a majority stake in commodity news and data provider Argus Media, announced in May and valuing that company at nearly £1 billion ($1.2 billion); and the sale of portfolio company OptionsHouse, announced in July, for $725 million to E*TRADE Financial Corp. The 42-year-old Harvard MBA, who previously oversaw the firm’s health care sector for seven and a half years, says the advantage is going to those able to “differentiate long-term winners from me-too or narrow niche companies — between long-term solutions and point solutions or widgets.” General Atlantic identifies what Korngold terms “secular trends” in such areas as cross-border payments and “insure tech”; looks out over a ten- to 15-year horizon, so it is not locked into typical five- to seven-year venture capital or private equity holding periods; and has a group of about 20 people with deep financial services expertise across a global footprint of 12 offices, among which insights and perspectives are cross-pollinated. “We’ve been on the ground in Mumbai for 15 years,” Korngold notes as context for the firm’s 2015 investment in IIFL Wealth Management, which then had $12 billion in client assets. Eyeing what he calls “huge opportunities to upgrade decades-old solutions” in the insurance industry, General Atlantic in June joined Genstar Capital and TA Associates in investing in Hartford, Connecticut–based software company Insurity.


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund