Andrew Nikou is a seasoned entrepreneur who believes in the importance of philanthropy to tackle some of our world’s biggest problems. As Founder, Managing Partner, and CEO, Andrew has spent 15 years expanding OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm based in Paris and Los Angeles, focused on acquiring business divisions from larger, multinational corporations around the world which require human capital and operational transformations in order to reach their full potential. Andrew guides OpenGate Capital with a disciplined investment strategy focused on acquiring underperforming or non-core businesses that are most often divisions of Fortune 1000 companies, infusing them with the human and financial capital needed to rejuvenate the business, and improve their overall performance and value.
“There is only speed in life, and that is … Full Throttle!” – Andrew Nikou
Committed to community and philanthropy, Andrew founded the Andrew Nikou Foundation (ANF), a resource for big ideas to improve the lives of people who are disconnected, oppressed, and left-behind. Through strategic investments and partnerships, ANF works side by side with people who are driving solutions to make a difference. Andrew’s goal is to empower young people to fulfill their untapped potential even when systems are working against them.
Andrew’s philanthropic work is rooted in his personal experience of being severely bullied for being shorter than most children. Despite the difficulties of being different from others around him, Andrew credits his parents for encouraging him to pursue his ambitions of becoming a successful entrepreneur and an advocate working to make our world a better place.
Andrew holds a seat on the Board of Overseers at The Hammer Museum Los Angeles. His father’s mantra “good thoughts, good words, good deeds” continues to inspire him today.