Primary Role
Founder at Lakestar
7 Investments in 7 Companies

Person Details


Klaus is one of the leading European business angels and founder of Lakestar. He is or has been involved in numerous successful internet investments including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook,, Xing, Klarna, SumUp and Spotify.

He invests in promising start-ups that have the potential to become major players in the internet space.Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined AOL Germany in 1995 as board member, responsible for business development, content and advertising sales. Klaus was also involved in the establishment of Freenet and was a Venture Partner of Benchmark Capital.

Klaus graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and holds a PhD degree in Finance from the same university. He was named "most successful European entrepreneurial private investor of the year" in 2006 by a group comprised of IESE, INSEAD and the University of St Gallen.

In 2011 Klaus was named the NOAH Internet Investor of the year. In 2013, Forbes ranked him first among European investors on the 2013 MIDAS list.

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