Title: 1) CEO 2) CEO, Co-founder
Company: 1) Net Power, LLC 2) 8 Rivers Capital, LLC
Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
Bill Brown, CEO of Net Power, LLC, and CEO and Co-founder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and finance.
Inspired to follow his curiosity and learn about everything, Mr. Brown has gained experience in many fields throughout his career. He started as a corporate law associate for Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine and for Sidley Austin LLP, advancing to become a partner with the firm a few years later. He joined Goldman Sachs as the vice president in New York in 1990, and as the executive director in London, UK, in 1994. Other notable roles include global head of FX and fixed income sales for American International Group, Inc., principal and head of U.S. FX sales, head of U.S. EM and Non-$ debt sales, and global co-head of listed derivatives for Morgan Stanley. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Brown served as a professor of law at Duke University School of Law, from 2008 to 2014 he served as a chair for Palmer Labs, LLC, and, from 2013 to 2014, he served as an energy innovation fellow for Duke University. He currently maintains positions as the CEO of Net Power, LLC, and as the CEO and cofounder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC.
Some of the highlights of Mr. Brown’s professional journey include obtaining a patent for a hybrid fossil fuel and solar heated supercritical carbon dioxide power generating system and method, a patent for a system and method for high efficiency power generation using a carbon dioxide circulating working fluid, a patent for a method of using carbon dioxide in recovery of formation deposits, and a patent for a launch vehicle and system and method for an economically efficient launch thereof. His other patents include an apparatus for combusting fuel at high pressure and high temperature and associated systems, and a system and method for high efficiency power generation using a carbon dioxide working fluid. He attributes his ongoing success to his continued curiosity and a mutual trust from people, connections, and outside influences that helped shape his path.
Mr. Brown prepared for his endeavors by earning both a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, as well as a JD from Duke University School of Law and admission to the New York State Bar in 1980. He is affiliated with numerous professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, the New York Society of Security Analysts, Inc., and AFSA. Further, he was on the editorial board of Duke Law Journal at the Duke University School of Law from 1978 to 1980, and was the president of the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series Committee and the Massachusetts Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When Mr. Brown wasn’t working, he enjoyed helping his community in roles such as member of the board of directors of the East Durham Children’s Initiative, member of the corporate advisory board of the School of American Ballet, and session member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich. He is a board member of the Council for Economic Development and a member of the board of visitors of the Duke University School of Law.
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