FI  G-Bar Ventures

     Office Locations:

440 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 650
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-362-4211



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    G-Bar Ventures is a Chicago-based family office with entrepreneurial roots in the financial services, technology, and automotive businesses. G-Bar manages money for the Gray famiily. The G-Bar Philanthropic Foundation provides giving primarily for education, children, youth, and social services, Jewish organizations, and health organizations; some funding also for the arts. James Gray is Co-founder and Chairman of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc., the online options, futures and stock brokerage, which was acquired by Charles Schwab for $1B. Gray is active in many civic and professional organizations, serving on the boards of the Shedd Aquarium, Children's Memorial and the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the Executives Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. Through the Avrum Gray Family Fund and the G-Bar Foundation, Gray is also a supporter of the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago Symphony, Jewish United Fund, Lyric Opera House, Gene Siskel Film Center, the Ravinia Festival and the 'Chicago 2016' effort to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    James A. Gray President
    Lee Solomon Investor
    Matt Gray President


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Ink Labs
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      Music Audience Exchange
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