People

Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya

Formal First Name
Chamath

Chamath Palihapitiya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Capital. He is a highly successful entrepreneur and a prominent figure in the venture capital industry. He has helped a number of thriving online ventures during their formative stages. Palihapitiya is also known as the longest-tenured original member of Facebook's Senior Management Team. He joined Facebook in 2007 and was a superior force in the launch and remarkable growth of the social media platform, overseeing monetization products and helping increase the user base to over 750 million individuals worldwide.

Professional Experience


Academic History

  • Palihapitiya was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Canada.
  • He is the Owner and Director of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
  • At BMO, he became one of the youngest people in bank history to be given their own P&L and proprietary trading account.
  • At Mayfield Fund, he focused on investing primarily in consumer internet, media, and advertising opportunities. 
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.