O.D Kobo

Investor in Israel

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O.D. Kobo (קובו עודד)

Internet entrepreneur and businessman.

Business interests range from Internet to private equity to property, with nearly $1 billion in exits.

Born in Hong Kong, raised in New York and London, Mr. Kobo founded several China-based investment companies – namely KGIM and SinoSheen. KGIM had partnered with the Prime Minister of Qatar HH Al Thani before it was acquired for $120 million in 2010 by East River Capital (a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority). SinoSheen had successfully invested in tech giants Tencent (HKG: 0700) and Netease (NASDAQ: NTES).

Mr. Kobo was a shareholder and Director at UK property conglomerate Camden Market Holdings (now Market Tech LON: MKT) which was acquired in 2014 for $680 million.

Also in 2014, Mr. Kobo sold Pheed - a mobile pay-per-view technology to América Móvil (NYSE: AMX) for $40 million.

In 2015, Mr. Kobo founded Shellanoo Group, a technology venture builder based in Israel, partnered with businessmen Roman Abramovich and Gee Roberson.

Mr. Kobo is a Partner at PIR Equities, an employee owned private equity group with offices in Israel, NY and Cayman Islands.

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Tech Exits (over $250M):

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eLottery sold for $900,000 in 1997

KISP sold for $2.2M in 2001

SinoSheen sold for $52.5M in 2006

iQ Browser sold for $32M in 2008

KGIM sold for $120M in 2010

PHEED sold for $40M in 2014

BLINDSPOT sold for $28M in 2016

上路电台 sold for $4M in 2016

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Real Estate Exits $680M:

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Camden Market Holdings sold for $680M in 2014

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Start-up capital raised (over $118M):

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KGIM raised $25M (2002-2004)

SinoSheen raised $8M (2002-2006)

Koolanoo Group raised $40M (2006-2009)

2C3i CDN raised $10M (2008-2009)

Shellanoo Group raised $35M (2014-2015)

  • Work
    • PIR Equities, Shellanoo Group