Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> January 19, 2004


JAKE SHAPIRO is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Knightsbridge Fine Wines, Inc., an internationally-based wine producer and distributor. He has reviewed or visited almost 100 wineries in four continents in his quest to build the world's best wine company. He is charged with developing, sourcing and negotiating acquisitions and strategic partnerships for Knightsbridge. He also guides corporate strategy, ensuring that the firm stays on track to meet its long-term goals. Prior to joining Knightsbridge, Mr. Shapiro was President of JS Capital LLC, an East Coast-based finance boutique specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and public corporate finance. Since its founding, JS Capital has been engaged in and has financed a variety of industry non-specific companies including software production firms in Pakistan, fiber optic systems in Mexico, and five star European hotel owners and operators. JS Capital has built a strong presence in both apparel and mass media sectors, and maintains a number of Hollywood celebrity clients. Mr. Shapiro began his finance career in 1992 working in the back offices of the investment banking firm of M.H. Meyerson & Company. While attending night school at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Business for his MBA, Mr. Shapiro quickly rose in the ranks from working in the operations division of M.H. Meyerson to becoming one of the youngest senior traders, where he executed institutional orders on behalf of Wall Street's biggest firms, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Shapiro attended Rutgers University, where he completed his studies in three years and received departmental and collegiate honors. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of Knightsbridge

Fine Wines and a picture of the things you are doing at the present


Mr. Shapiro: We set out to build a global wine