Steve Case is a U.S. investor and businessman well-known as the co-founder of America Online (AOL). He also invests in early and growth-stage startups through his venture capital firm Revolution. What’s Case's net worth?
Case has been riding the SPAC wave. He plans to take Berkshire Grey, a warehouse robotics developer, public in 2021 through a reverse merger deal with a blank-check company Revolution Acceleration Acquisition Corp. (RAAC). In December 2020, the RAAC SPAC had raised $287.5 million.
Steve Case's net worth
Case’s net worth is about $1.5 billion, according to Forbes. In 2020, Forbes listed Case as number 1,513 on the Billionaires 2020 list. Born in 1958, Case was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the son of Daniel and Carol Case. Carol was an elementary school teacher, while Daniel was the founding partner of a law firm Case Lombardi & Pettit. In 1980, Case earned a degree in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Steve Case's work history
In the early 1980s, Case was focused on making a career in marketing. He worked for various big companies like Procter & Gamble, Pizza Hut, and Control Video Corporation. In 1985, he co-founded Quantum Computer Services. In 1991, Case became the CEO of Control Video and changed its name to AOL. He decided to focus on communication features like instant messaging and chat forums. His strategy paid off, and AOL had 26.7 million customers by 2002.
In 2001, AOL merged with Time Warner in a $164 billion transaction to create one of the largest media and communications companies. However, the deal was eventually considered to be one of the worst mergers in history. The company faced losses due to scandals and the dot-com recession. In 2003, Case resigned as chairman of the combined company, AOL Time Warner, to spend more time working on Revolution—an investment management firm that he founded in 2005. Revolution has invested in more than 50 companies.
Steve Case's investments
Revolution’s early investments include Zipcar, Living Social, and luxury travel company Exclusive Resorts. In 2011, Case launched a $450 million Revolution Growth fund. He also launched the Revolution Ventures fund in 2013. Revolution Growth fund’s investments include fantasy sports company DraftKings, restaurant chain Sweetgreen, Bigcommerce, Sportradar, and Optoro. Meanwhile, Revolution Ventures has invested in Homesnap, RunKeeper, and BenchPrep.
Steve Case’s personal life
In 1985, Case married Joanne Barker whom he had met during his graduation at Williams College. The couple had three children. They got divorced in 1996. In 1998, Case married Jean Villanueva—a former AOL executive.
In 2002, Steve’s brother Dan died from brain cancer at the age of 44. Steve’s cousin Ed Case served as a Hawaii Congressman from 2002 to 2007.
Steve Case is also chairman of the Case Foundation, which he created in 1997 with his wife Jean. He also serves as the chairman of the Startup America Partnership.