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venture capitalist , computer company executive

Benjamin "Ben" M. Rosen is the former Chairman and former Acting Chief Executive Officer of Compaq and co-founder of Sevin Rosen Funds.


Rosen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 11, 1933 to Isadore and Anna Rosen. Rosen's father was a dentist and his mother was a secretary.


Bachelor of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1954. Master of Science, Stanford University, 1955. Master of Business Administration, Columbia University, 1961.


He worked on Wall Street for 20 years, ending his career as a Senior Technology Analyst and Vice President at Morgan Stanley. Rosen co-founded the venture capital company Sevin Rosen Funds in 1981 with L.J. Sevin. In this capacity, Rosen invested in Compaq Computer Corporation in 1981, eventually serving as Chairman for 18 years.

For four months in 1999, Rosen also served as Acting CEO. As a financier, Rosen backed high tech startup companies including Electronic Arts, Lotus Development and Silicon Graphics. This year, 70 luminary presenters will participate and 300 attendees are expected. Topics to be discussed include visual arts, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health & medicine, humanities, human rights, innovation, media, national issues, performing arts, science and technology.

In 1986, Rosen joined the board of the California Institute of Technology, where he served as chairman for four years. Currently he is Chairman Emeritus and Life Trustee. He is also an emeritus director of The New York Philharmonic Society board of directors.

He formerly served on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Board of Overseers (and was a former chairman). Rosen wrote a blog called "Through Rosen-Colored Glasses" for four years. He currently publishes the online cultural blog, "The Virtual Dinner Party." Rosen is married to Donna Perret Rosen, the former contemporary art gallerist in New Orleans and owner of Galerie Simone Stern there.

He has two sons, Jeffrey Rosen and Eric Rosen.


  • In 1999, Rosen was awarded the Founders Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2007, he was named a recipient of the Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.


Among those speaking are three Nobel laureates, six Pulitzer Prize winners, four members of National Academies of Science, Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, and numerous winners of other awards: National Book, MacArthur, Tony, Peabody and Emmy. He is a member of the honorary societies of Tau Beta Pi (engineering), Sigma Xi (research), and Beta Gamma Sigma (business). That same year, he became a board member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he is now emeritus member of the Board of Overseers.


Married Alexandra Ebere, September 29, 1967. Children: Jeffrey Mark, Eric Andrew.

Isidore J. Rosen

Anna Vera (Leibof) Rosen

Alexandra Ebere

Jeffrey Mark Rosen

Eric Andrew Rosen