Franklin P. Johnson Jr., Palo Alto, CA
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$925,019 to winners, $256,732 to losers
Franklin P. Johnson Jr. has been a venture capitalist in California since the early 1960s. He is the sole proprietor of Asset Management, which he founded in 1965, three years after he co-founded Draper and Johnson Investment. Asset Management has a history of investing in Silicon Valley companies, including Amgen and Applied Micro Circuits. He has served on numerous corporate boards and is active in the business education community. He was a trustee for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for 12 years. He has taught venture capital courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is currently on the advisory board for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the board of overseers at the Hoover Institute at the university. Johnson earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1950 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1952.
Total contributions: $1,302,910
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