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Thomas Perkins, Tech Financier Who Funded Google, Dies at 84

  • He also helped finance and Sun Microsystems
  • His Kleiner Perkins venture capital firm spurred boom in tech
Tom Perkins

Tom Perkins

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Thomas Perkins, the co-founder of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who provided early financing to technology giants such as Google Inc., Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc., has died. He was 84.

He died Tuesday at his home in Tiburon, California, following a long illness, the New York Times reported, citing an assistant to the executive who the newspaper didn’t identify.