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Pentti Kouri

Pentti Juha Kalervo Kouri (February 12, 1949 – January 22, 2009) was a Finnish economist and venture capitalist. He was born in Kemijärvi.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Companies related to Kouri 3
  • Sources 4


Kouri was the first Finn to get a Kouri-Porter model. Kouri got his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1974. He has served as a professor of economics at Stanford, Yale, Helsinki, and New York universities.

Later he became known as a venture capitalist, for instance, he managed Finland, mostly with borrowed money, causing a political outcry.

Personal life

He was married to Elly O. Kouri and divorced in 1995. Pentti Kouri died in January 2009 in Los Angeles. Until his death, he sat on the Board of Trustees of Dia Art Foundation.

On May 2001, the Kouri Capital group led by Dr Pentti Kouri and George Soros was declared bankrupt. American Heritage Fund lost a large amount of money because of this insolvency.

Companies related to Kouri

  • Nokia: Pentti Kouri was a shareholder and member of the board of directors.
  • Invisible hand.
  • Espial
  • Amiga, Inc.: Pentti Kouri was the chairman of the board.
  • Simply TV Inc.: Pentti Kouri was a shareholder and chairman of the board.
  • hakia, Inc.: Pentti Kouri was a shareholder and member of the board of directors.
  • Askar Capital: Pentti Kouri was a member of the advisory board.
  • Ztango: Pentti Kouri was a Co-Founder and an investor. The company was acquired by WiderThan in 2004.


  • Kouri, Pentti (1996). Suomen omistaja ja muut elämäni roolit. Otava (trans. of title: Owner of Finland and other roles of my life).
  • Saukkomaa, Harri (1991). Kuka tarvitsi Pentti Kouria? Otava (trans. of title: Who needed Pentti Kouri?).
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