Federico Pirzio-Biroli

Founding Partner & Chairman
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Federico Pirzio-Biroli - Founding Partner & Chairman

Fede is the founder of Playfair. He first forayed into startup investing as an angel in late 2011, backing 22 companies over the next two years. In 2013, to support the already sizeable portfolio and to bring a more professional, consistent and methodical investment approach, he founded Playfair as an LLP and brought several partners and a team of investors on board.

At the same time, he acquired and refurbished a building in Central London that became our HQ and co-working space, Warner Yard; home to many of our startups over the past decade.

Fede remains Playfair's Chairman and sole LP, although he has stepped away from the day-to-day operations of the fund having moved to Kenya in 2017, where he lives with his young family and, when not changing nappies, spends his time as an angel investor across a variety of different sectors.