As various industries continue to gain traction from family offices, we continue to shine a light on the alternative wealth space by providing detailed analysis regarding the past investment history of these private wealth groups. In utilizing the FINTRX Buy-Side platform, which provides intel into thousands of direct deal transactions made by nearly 3,000 family offices around the world, we have uncovered three family offices investing in the agriculture industry.
1. DNS Capital
Established in 2015, DNS Capital is a Chicago-based single family office serving as the private investment vehicle for Michael Pucker, his wife Gigi Pritzker and their immediate family. The Pritzker family is one of the wealthiest in America, best known for the founding and rapid growth of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Founded in 2015, DNS Capital employs a long-term and flexible investment philosophy and allocates to a range of traditional and alternative asset classes including public equity, private equity, venture capital, real estate, hedge funds and direct investments. In March of 2017, the firm directly invested in Shenandoah Growers, a leading indoor agriculture business with headquarters in Rockingham, VA. They are industry agnostic but tend to focus on investments in agriculture, manufacturing, business services, industrials, real estate and consumer products. DNS focuses on investments in the United States but will allocate to opportunities internationally on a case-by-case basis.
2. Armonia Single Family Office
Founded in 2007, Armonia Single Family Office is a Greenwich, CT-based single family office managing the assets of Lawrence (Larry) Lunt. Armonia invests in both private and public equity across a range of sectors, regions and asset classes. The group focuses strictly on direct investments and private equity/venture investments into innovative and sustainable impact investments. In January of 2018, Armonia directly invested in Utz (formerly called UTZ Certified) - a nonprofit organization in support of sustainable farming headquartered in the Netherlands. Armonia is a strong fit for those who represent environmental or socially responsible (ESG) investment opportunities.
3. Ceniarth Family Office
Established in 2013, Ceniarth Family Office is a London, England-based single family office acting as the investment arm for the Isenberg family. Patriarch Eugene "Gene" Isenberg, now deceased, made his money in oil and gas exploration and drilling and was formerly CEO of multinational oil driller, Nabors Industries. Ceniarth now focuses on deploying the family's capital into market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities worldwide. Ceniarth seeks to aid long-term sustainability, and the firm invests in both public and private equity across a range of sectors, regions, and asset classes, in partnership with the Isenberg Family Charitable Organization. Ceniarth provides companies capital to accelerate the deployment of products and services that directly impact underdeveloped communities. The group focuses particularly on making investments in agriculture and energy access. In August of 2020, Ceniarth directly invested in Kheyti, an agriculture tech startup helping small farmers earn regular and consistent incomes by offering precision farming technology products integrated with services. The firm has a global approach to investments but particularly seeks to aid Africa and Asia.
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