The Driehaus Private Equity Team

The Driehaus Private Equity team includes our investment team of eight individuals and the Council of Entrepreneurs and Operators.

The council serves as an extension of our team to support the companies we invest in. It adds supplemental proven and tenured executives and experts to our team. These individuals enhance our portfolio companies’ business and growth plans through their wealth of experience, knowledge and operational resources.

Together, our team works with investors and entrepreneurs to execute Richard Driehaus’ investment philosophy.

Richard H. Driehaus


Richard Driehaus is the architect of Driehaus Private Equity’s investment philosophy. Since the early 1980s, Richard has invested in privately held businesses in various geographies, stages and sectors. As an entrepreneur and growth investor, he has collaborated with Eli since 2001 to refine and execute his private equity investment strategy. Richard founded Driehaus Private Equity in 2011 to continue executing upon the private equity investment tradition he has developed.

From 1968 through 1973, Richard developed research ideas for the Institutional Trading department at A.G. Becker & Co. In 1973, he became Director of Research for Mullaney, Wells & Co. In 1976, he became Director of Research and a money manager for Jesup & Lamont. He founded Driehaus Securities LLC in 1979, followed by Driehaus Capital Management LLC in 1982 and Driehaus Mutual Funds in 1996.

Richard Driehaus holds a B.S.C., M.B.A. and an honorary doctorate degree from DePaul University.