Al Gore joins Kleiner Perkins

Former US Vice President Al Gore has become a partner at Kleiner Perkins, as part of a joint venture to back greentech companies along with Gore’s environment-focussed investment firm, Generation Investment Management.

US venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has teamed with Al Gore’s London-based public equities investment firm, Generation Investment Management, to “find, fund and accelerate green business, technology and policy solutions with the greatest potential to help solve the current climate crisis”, according to a statement.

The two firms said they will leverage their respective presences in various countries in order to collaborate on global opportunities in sectors including renewable energy technologies, sustainable agriculture and carbon markets. No information was disclosed as to the partnership’s possible financial arrangements or deal sizes to be pursued.

Al Gore

Gore is joining Kleiner Perkins as a partner and Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, considered one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful VCs, will join Generation’s advisory board. Gore will donate his resulting salary to non-partisan charity the Alliance for Climate Protection. The Silicon Valley venture firm will also locate its European operations at Generation’s London offices.

“This alliance brings together world-class business talent to focus on solving the climate crisis,” Gore said.  “Together, we have a working understanding of this urgent, multi-dimensional challenge and are resolved to help business and government leaders accelerate the development of sustainable solutions.”

Fellow Generation co-founder and managing partner David Blood, former chief executive of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said: “There is a significant gap between the capital needed and the capital currently deployed to create enduring solutions to the climate crisis. To address this financing gap will require the efforts of many players, including entrepreneurial ventures, multinational businesses, governments, multilaterals and investors.”