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Investing with Purpose

Jacobs Holding

We are a leading global private equity firm based in Zurich with offices in London. Founded in 1994, we take a long-term entrepreneurial approach to investing in growth and generating value by creating sustainable market leaders.

Our sole economic beneficiary is the Jacobs Foundation, one of the world’s leading charitable foundations.

entrepreneurial legacy 

We are inspired by our founder, the entrepreneur Klaus Jacobs, who assumed control of the Jacobs Company that his grandfather had founded in 1895. Klaus went on to build global industry-leading companies, including Jacobs Suchard, Adecco and Barry Callebaut.

long-term vision

Following Klaus’ credo, our active investment strategy aims at deploying capital to ensure sustainable funding for the Jacobs Foundation. We build on his knowledge, principles, and entrepreneurial approach to further his humanitarian ambitions.

We invest as partners

Our objective is to create long-term value and enduring relationships. We adapt our holding period to match each investment.

We seek market-leading, non-cyclical businesses with cash-generative business models that are headquartered in developed markets.

We partner with companies in three market verticals with minimum equity stakes of CHF 300M to achieve significant influence.

Consumer

Consumer

Services

healthcare

Our Values

The Jacobs’ family values are as valid today as they have always been. They define how we operate as a team and engage with those we invest in.

Entrepreneurship and Ownership

Evaluating investments from ingredients and technologies to manufacturing and finished product brands.

Simplicity and Speed

We believe in simple, effective organization and informal, feedback-oriented communication.


Meritocracy

We promote a work ethic rooted in excellence, where talent and ability can flourish and where merit earns reward.


Passion

We use our drive and commitment to energize, engage, and inspire others.


Passion

We use our drive and commitment to energize, engage, and inspire others.

Trust and Accountability

We believe that trust and accountability within the team are paramount principles in linking entrepreneurship to value creation.

Trust and Accountability

We believe that trust and accountability within the team are paramount principles in linking entrepreneurship to value creation.

Latest news

Jacobs Holding today announced that the board of directors has appointed Timothy Franks as Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 2024.

Jacobs Holding appoints CEO