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John W. Waller, III


John Waller founded Waller Capital Partners in 1982 and has built the Firm into one of the most successful and influential independent investment banks on Wall Street.

John began his career as a finance executive at Time Inc. Early on, he developed an excellent understanding of the interrelationship between cable television and other media and communications sectors. In 1978, he was selected to help manage the early development of Time’s revolutionary, new programming channel, Home Box Office. At HBO, John worked with entrepreneurial cable operators, and quickly recognized the value he could offer to these owners by providing them a connection to Wall Street. He realized that the industry’s upcoming consolidation would require larger and more sophisticated financial transactions, and founded Waller Capital to provide a bridge between entrepreneurial cable owners and New York’s larger capital sources.

Almost immediately, John’s new firm was successful in its mission. John and his team initiated the creation of billions of dollars of value by raising start-up capital for new cable operators, identifying acquisitions and sources of new growth capital, and selling the assets to larger, strategic operators when the owners were ready to exit. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, John was personally responsible for closing more than 100 cable M&A transactions.

Since the mid-1990’s, John has led Waller Capital Partners into new areas. In 1997, he was a founding partner of private equity fund Waller-Sutton Media Partners. In addition, he has successfully recruited some of the most experienced Wall Street executives to help grow Waller Capital’s practice into other areas of telecommunications, media and technology. He is currently the most experienced cable investment banker on Wall Street. Since founding the firm, John has been personally responsible for over $25 billion in transactions.

John was awarded the NCTA’s Vanguard Award in 1997 and elected as a Cable TV Pioneer in 2004. He earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.