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Wol Kolade


London, UK

Managing Partner


Wol Kolade
Wol Kolade is Managing Partner of Livingbridge, a mid-market private equity firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia that helps businesses grow faster by investing and working with the client to come up with a market strategy that helps to focus where on what matters.

Wol has a deep interest in healthcare and education and sits on the boards of a number of schools and universities. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Social Finance Board and in 2009 held the post of Chairman for Responsible Investment Advisory Board.

Wol is the Chairman of the Guy's and St Thomas’ Charity, a 500-year-old charitable foundation with total assets of £600 million.

Wol Kolade’s Newsfeed

11 Sep 2017
Private Equity News
Wol Kolade: ‘If you are going to compete, you reinvent’

Livingbridge’s managing partner explains how the firm is reinventing itself to cope with increased competition.  If Wol Kolade had taken the advice of a senior colleague 25 years ago, the buyout industry may have lost one of its most outspoken supporters.  When he first joined the industry in the early 1990s, the managing partner of U.K. private-equity firm...

20 Apr 2017
Livingbridge win UK House of the Year at Private Equity Awards 2017

Wol Kolade, Managing Partner, says: “We’re delighted to have won this award and it is a testament to the endeavours of the whole Livingbridge team. We thank everyone who has worked with us in the last year, especially the Limited Partners who have entrusted us with their capital and the talented entrepreneurs who have partnered with us for the next stage of their growth journey. We look forward to continuing our success in what is already proving to be a busy and exciting 2017.”  

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Wol Kolade’s Background

Managing Partner
1993 - Present
London, UK
A mid-market private equity firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia. They have £1 billion ready to invest over the next 5 years and invest anywhere from £2 million to £70 million in fast-growing companies.
1990 - 1992
Barclays PLC is a British multinational bank and financial services company.

Other Business Interests

Chairman of Risk Committee
Haywards Heath, UK
Cumnor House Sussex is one of the country’s leading independent co-ed day and boarding schools for 2-13 year-old boys and girls situated in Mid-Sussex.
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London School of Economics
Lay Governor, Member of the Court
London, UK
The LSE Court of Governors is a 100-member body of supporters and advisors to the School, who are elected on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of the Court. The Committee has membership comprising student, lay and academic members.
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Wol Kolade’s Education

MBA, Business
1989 - 1991
B eng, Civil Engineering
1985 - 1988