1990 Marshall Scholar Reid Hoffman awarded CBE

25 April 2017


 Reid Hoffman has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services to promoting UK business, social networking and the Marshall Scholarship scheme.

Mr. Hoffman is the founder of LinkedIn and a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Greylock Partners, which has invested in multiple tech giants such as Facebook, Airbnb, Workday and Palo Alto Networks. He serves as a member of the Microsoft Board of Directors and he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, and Do Something.

Among the numerous reasons Mr. Hoffman is being recognised is his entrepreneurial work in the tech community both in the US and the UK. As co-founder Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK,) a not-for-profit, the volunteer-led series of events brings together UK early stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students, and alumni with leading Silicon Valley business leaders, investors, and thought leaders to discuss, debate, and encourage the why and how to create today’s disruptive technologies that aim to change our world. The programme supports the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the UK allowing them to explore ideas, ignite local entrepreneurship, and to help promising first-time CEOs to scale their companies better and to inspire next-generation entrepreneurship driving innovation and a better future.

Mr. Hoffman is also being recognised for the support he provides to the Marshall Scholarship, a flagship of study-abroad opportunities for US students with leadership potential and goals to study in the UK. Mr. Hoffman, a Marshall alum, has provided matching funds to ensure the Scholarship continues in perpetuity.

British Consul General Andrew Whittaker said Mr. Hoffman is well-deserving of such an honour:

“The work and dedication Reid shows every day to support the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation throughout the UK-US community is only a small example of the commitment and service he shows to both countries,” Whittaker said. “Additionally, his support to the Marshall Scholarship programme so that others may enjoy the same opportunities he was able to have, are a fantastic contribution to the UK-US relationship.”

 Upon receiving the recognition, Mr. Hoffman said:

“I believe that society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.  I have spent my career helping create companies and organizations that improve society. I am humbled and grateful to receive this significant honor and I look forward to continuing to help entrepreneurs in the UK and around the world realize their potential."