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Rishi Khosla OBE

CEO & Co-founder, OakNorth

Rishi Khosla OBE is the CEO and co-founder of OakNorth. He started his first business, Copal Partners, a financial research company, in 2002 with just $60k. Over 12 years, he and his co-founder, Joel Perlman, scaled it to a 3,000-employee organization across 13 markets, before selling it to Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) in 2014.

They then set out to build their second business, OakNorth, a financial technology company with a mission to empower the ‘Missing Middle’ - businesses which are the largest contributors of economic and employment growth, yet still struggle to access fast, flexible debt finance. OakNorth is addressing this funding gap with its Credit Intelligence software which it licenses to commercial lenders such as Capital One, Fifth Third and PNC, and that it uses within its own bank in the UK, OakNorth Bank.

Rishi is an early-stage investor in a number of leading technology companies, including PayPal. In 2019, he was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from her Majesty The Queen for services to business.

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