November 9, 2018

The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

Ade Adeniji

Inside Philanthropy

Jean-Pierre (“J.P.”) Conte joined Bay Area private equity firm Genstar Capital in 1995 and has been chairman and managing director since 1997. The Colgate and Harvard graduate began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1985 before moving west. Conte is now in his mid-50s, and like many Wall Street donors we write about, is starting to free up more bandwidth—and capital—for philanthropy. Conte gives through several avenues, including through the Conte First Generation Fund, which provides assistance to current or college-bound students who are the first in their families to go to college.