Howard Ellis Cox Jr.

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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr.
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Howard Ellis Cox, Jr. speaking at the World Economic Forum
Born (1944-02-01) February 1, 1944 (age 79)
New York, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BA
  • JD
  • MBA
Alma mater
  • Columbia Law School
  • Harvard Business School
  • Venture capitalist
  • Philanthropist
Julia Bolton Dempsey
(m. 1970; div. 2005)

Winifred (Wendy) Wasson Bingham (m. 2020)
  • Howard Ellis Cox (father)
  • Anne Crane Delafield (mother)
  • Edward Cox (brother)
  • Mazie Cox (sister)

Howard Ellis Cox, Jr. (born February 1, 1944) is an American venture capitalist and philanthropist who also has been active in healthcare development and United States national security. He joined Greylock Partners[1] in 1971 and is currently a special limited partner.[2]

Early life and education

Cox was born to Howard Ellis Cox [3] and Anne Crane Delafield (Finch) [4] in New York City.

Cox attended grade school at Allen-Stevenson and graduated from Collegiate School in New York City. He graduated Princeton University in 1964 where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1967. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1969.[5]

Investment career

Cox joined Greylock in 1971,[2] which is a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.[6]

Cox is a director of the investment firm Brown Advisory,[7] an advisory trustee of a number of Fidelity Mutual Funds [8] and director emeritus of Stryker Corporation.[9] Cox served on the board of three New York Stock Exchange Companies—Stryker,[10] Centene [11][12] and Affiliated Publications[13](owner of the Boston Globe).[14] He is a past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.[15]

National security career

Cox served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis).[16][17][5] He joined the board of In-Q-Tel in 2000 and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee.[18] He serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security,[19] Brookings Institution,[20] is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations [21] and former member Secretary of Defense Business Board of Directors.[22]


Cox helped to found and fund the establishment of the Health Care Initiative at Harvard Business School, believing that the school’s resources and capabilities could help to enhance care and improve outcomes, resulting in a reduction of health care costs as a percentage of U.S GDP. In March of 2022, Cox donated an additional $10 million to the initiative to support continued progress towards improving healthcare quality and driving down its cost in the United States.[23][24] He is listed as one of the founding members of the HBS On-Line Learning Program.[25] As a board member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Program [26] he is listed on the honor roll of funders [27] for the Harvard Kennedy learning module.

In 2019, Cox conceived and funded the Secretary’s Leadership Seminar, a six-month executive education offering for midcareer foreign and civil service State Department staff inspired by his experience in the Department of Defense and conducted in partnership with Harvard Business School.[28]

In 2021, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium was renamed the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in Cox’s honor. He has been a longtime supporter of the Science Center, and led a capital campaign to fund the Center’s expansion with a $20 million donation.[29][30]


In 2020, Cox received the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award.[31]

In 2003, Cox, together with Greylock’s Founding Partners William Elfers, Daniel Gregory and Charles Waite and fellow General Partner Henry McCance, received the 2003 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of their work at Greylock.[32]

In 2002, Cox was the recipient of the Leaders and Best Award for Excellence in Growth Capital Investment from the University of Michigan’s Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance.[33] In 2021, Cox received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the Federal Aviation Administration’s most prestigious award for pilots, recognizing pilots who hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or FAA pilot certificate and have 50 or more years of civil and military piloting experience.[34][35]

In 2022, Cox and his wife, Wendy Bingham Cox, were named Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients, presented annually to those who have shown an outstanding commitment to serving the U.S. either professionally, culturally or civically.[36][37]


Cox married Julia Bolton Dempsey[38][39] in 1970 and they were divorced in 2005 with no children. Cox's brother is Edward Cox and sister is Mazie Cox. He is a descendant of Robert Livingston.[40]

In 2020, Cox married Winifred (Wendy) Wasson Bingham.


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  28. "Leading at State: Inside a New Partnership between the School and the State Department". Harvard Business School Alumni. 15 June 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  29. "Palm Beach philanthropists kick off Science Center expansion campaign with $20 million gift". Palm Beach Daily News. 15 November 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  30. Bandell, Brian (17 November 2021). "South Florida Science Center receives $20M donation for big expansion". Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  31. Miller, Devin. "Howard Cox Presented with Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award". National Venture Capital Association - NVCA. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
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  33. "About the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance". Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  34. "Pilots - The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards - FAA - FAASTeam -". Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  35. ""FAA Safety Magazine," March/April 2022 (at page 26)" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  36. "2022 Ellis Island Medals of Honor, list of recipients". Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  37. "A fabric rich in color and diversity". New York Social Diary. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
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  39. "Miss Julia Bolton Dempsey Married". November 1, 1970 – via
  40. Nemy, Enid; Times, Special To the New York (July 27, 1981). "The Livingstons - a Clan's Story" – via

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