BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : JULY 24, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

Robert E. Davoli


BORN
1948, Syracuse, N.Y.

EDUCATION
BA in history, Ricker College, 1970; course work in computer science, Northeastern University, 1979-81.

CAREER
Jobs included short-order cook, folk and blues musician, babysitter, and substitute teacher. Landed first software job at age 32. Ran two companies. Joined Sigma Partners as venture capitalist in 1995.

QUIRKS
Wardrobe includes neon-colored suits. Has not owned a television set for 25 years.

PERSONAL IDOLS
Novelist Graham Greene, comedian Lenny Bruce, blues guitarist Mississippi John Hurt.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Not making it big as a musician.

ON CAPITALISM
''Capitalism is a perversion. We have the highest crime rate in the world. We have people living in the streets, and no one gives a s___.''

PERSONAL WEALTH
Has set up a charitable foundation for the arts, the disenfranchised, and women's right to abortion. Plans to leave much of his estimated $250 million fortune to the foundation.

FAMILY
Married for 16 years to Eileen L. McDonagh, a Northeastern University professor. Two stepsons, Robert and Edward, from McDonagh's earlier marriage.



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