FI/PE/VC  Marcus Investments

     Office Locations:

100 East Wisconsin, Suite 1030
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-287-9880
Fax: 414-755-7373



  • Late
  • Middle Market



  • Business Services
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Transportation & Distribution



    Marcus Investments is a Midwest-based investment firm formed by the Marcus family to acquire, steward and grow the legacies of successful entrepreneurs and families. Ben Marcus, a Polish immigrant, started from scratch and built a portfolio of businesses. Ben Marcus financed his first movie theater in the mid-1930s in Ripon, WI. He spent the next 35 years building a portfolio of separately owned business that included hotels, movie theaters, and restaurants. In the mid-1970's the businesses were recapitalized through an IPO of what today is known as the Marcus Corporation. Marcus Investments seeks control positions and invests in US companies with revenues of $10 million - $150 million and an EBITDA of $1 million - $15 million. Sectors of interest include media, advertising, information services, food, specialty finance, wellness and safety, business services, senior living, real estate, energy, transportation, and franchise-related opportunities. Marcus' Hospitality Democracy fund has stakes in several popular Milwaukee restaurants, including Holey Moley, Smoke Shack, A.J. Bombers, Swig, Water Buffalo and Onesto. The firm's latest culinary venture includes buying the Zaffiro's Pizza Bar license to develop eateries in Marcus theaters. In 2011, Marcus Investments bought the Verlo Mattress franchise

    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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    Chris Meinecke CFO
    Christopher Nolte President
    David Marcus CEO


    Portfolio companies include:

      Holey Moley


      Smoke Shack


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