Willem de Vogel was born in The Netherlands and was schooled there and in Wales. He graduated with a Licence es Sciences Politiques from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and an MBA from The University of Chicago. After a short period with a major bank, Willem was asked to start the Private Equity activity of Three Cities Research, Inc. Willem led that activity until 2004, when he became the Senior Partner. He fully retired in 2013. Willem has served on many corporate boards in the U.S. and in Europe. He also has served and continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards. He is an avid outdoorsman and lives in upstate New York.