40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Daphne Dufresne, 39

Co-founder & Managing Director

RLJ Equity Partners L.L.C.


Dufresne is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. She is also involved in the day to day management of the firm, its employees, and fundraising. She sits on the firm’s four person Investment Committee which makes final investment decisions on every deal. Dufresne also is a member of the board of directors of portfolio companies LAI International, and chairman of the board of Media Source Inc. and Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company.


Major professional accomplishment: “Raising a first-time fund, generating more than three times the return for my limited partners.”


Professional lesson learned:  “Ask not, want not. You must be your own advocate.”


Advice for college grads: “Hone your technical skills; become a whiz at financial models.”


Dream vacation: “Wonderful tropical weather, nice beaches, piña coladas, and cultural nightlife. I love to dance!”


Dream car: “Still a convertible. I don’t like all the wind or heat on a hot day but you can’t beat the look.”


Major personal accomplishment: “Marrying the love of my life and producing three fantastic children.”


Phone: “I love my iPhone 4”


Laptop: Dell 


Other tech tools: Nikon D90 camera


Favorite beverage: Apple  martini

Daphne Dufresne, 39

Co-founder & Managing Director

RLJ Equity Partners L.L.C.

Dufresne is responsible for sourcing, executing and…