It's with sorrow that we want to let you know about the death of our BVC LLC Advisory Director, investor and good and great friend Jim Kimsey. Jim was a soldier, businessman, adventurer, and passionate philanthropist.
Jim was born in Washington D. C. lived there much of his entire life, was and remained a Washingtonian. He attended both Georgetown University and the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. Jim served three combat tours including two in Vietnam where he built and supported for over 40 years an orphanage to support children who lost their parents during the war. He was decorated for valor.
After his service he came back to DC and began his business career. He built several highly successful restaurants including the Capital Hill located iconic Bullfeathers. Jim was then recruited by several of the investors in Control Video Corporation to turnaround the struggling online video gaming company. As Chairman and CEO Jim had with the help of Steve Case transformed Control Video into American Online (AOL) the company that introduced the internet to the world. AOL's combination with Time/Warner was at the time the largest business combination in U. S. history and at the market high the combined company was valued at $222 billion.
Jim then turned his talents to philanthropy focusing on underprivileged children and the arts.
He served as Chairman of Refugees International Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons, as a Member of Business Executives for National Security and as a Senior Fellow to the Department of Defense Business Board, and many other civic, cultural, and artistic organizations. Jim led a "no excuses life."
It was said of Jim quoting Heraclitus:
"Out of every one hundred men,
ten shouldn't even be there, eighty
are just targets, nine are the real
fighters, and we are lucky to have
them, for they make the battle. Ah,
but the one, one is a warrior and
he will bring the others back."