Sam Hamadeh

Hussam ("Sam") Hamadeh was a media entrepreneur based in New York with business interests in digital media, publishing, and film. He died on December 10, 2015.[1]

Hamadeh co-founded in 1997[2] and served as the company’s President through its successful sale in 2007 to a major private equity firm, reportedly for nearly $100 million.[3] In 2009, Hamadeh founded PrivCo, which provides data to subscribers on more than 500,000 private companies; he served as chief executive of PrivCo until his death in December 2015 and in that capacity, also regularly commented on private companies for the mass media.[4] [5] [6] [7]

Hamadeh was a graduate of UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a JD, and the Wharton School of Business with an MBA.[8] He spoke and wrote frequently about entrepreneurship, including serving as the Keynote Speaker at Wharton's Annual Entrepreneurship Conference.[9]

Honors and awards have included Crain’s Top Entrepreneur's Award,[10] the Harvard Business School Club’s Entrepreneur of the Year[11] Silicon Alley Reporter’s “100 Most Important Internet Executives”[12] Deloitte & Touche’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies,[13] and the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Young Alumnus of the Year award.[14] He also was an Executive Producer of several notable films, including Home Movie starring Adrian Pasdar, and Made For Each Other starring Chris Masterson, Danny Masterson, and Bijou Phillips.[15]

Hamadeh's prominent charitable activities included supporting the charity Right to Play, which sets up sports and athletic programs for children in the world's war-torn areas, recently hosting a major benefit in New York City attended by prominent Olympic medalists and New York Governor David Paterson, raising over $50,000 from just this event.[16]


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