Kenneth A. Howery

Kenneth A. Howery served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden from 2019 to 2021.

Mr. Howery previously was a highly accomplished venture capitalist and entrepreneur specializing in creating and funding technology companies. He is a co-founder and former partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm which has over $6 billion under management and investments in hundreds of companies, including SpaceX, AirBnB, Stripe, and Facebook.

Prior to Founders Fund, Mr. Howery co-founded PayPal where he served as the company’s first Chief Financial Officer, helped raise over $200 million in private financing, and assisted in the company’s $1.5 billion sale to eBay.

Mr. Howery is a founding advisor to, a non-profit group that helps develop the next generation of global entrepreneurs, and he has been an active supporter of the performing and visual arts. He has served as a director for numerous companies, including ZocDoc, Careportal, and Quantcast. He was selected to keynote the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference in 2008.

Mr. Howery received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1998. He has been recognized by the Forbes Midas List of the 100 top venture capitalists for 2015 to 2017 and has been acknowledged by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader from 2012 to 2017. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the board of The Explorers Club.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Sweden, (2019 - 2021)

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