Lee Stein

Venture Partner

Serial Entrepreneur and Investor


Lee Stein is Managing Member of Prize Capital, LLC, and Virtual Group, LLC, of Del Mar, California. A serial entrepreneur, Lee has records of achievement in entertainment finance, Internet commerce, real estate development and venture investing.

He has held executive positions in multiple industries, been active in civic roles and in many philanthropic endeavors. He has represented prominent entertainment industry artists, was active in the development of downtown San Diego as president of San Diego Seaport Village, and is known for launching the world’s first Internet Payment System in 1994 through First Virtual Holdings, Incorporated. He is a member of the Bar of the State of California and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He serves as a trustee of the XPRIZE Foundation, UC San Diego Health Board of Advisors, the Preventive Medicine Research Institute founded by Dr. Dean Ornish, and Chairman of Spiral Health, pioneering digital wellness.

Historical philanthropic activities include the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Founding Chair; Scripps Health Trauma & Cardiac Advisory Boards; University California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography Chairman’s Advisory Board; Duke Law School Board of Visitors; Environmental Entrepreneurs (e2, Natural Resources Defense Council) Southern California Chapter co-founder; California Secure Transportation Energy Plan, Director; and the San Diego Stadium Authority, Chairman.

He has been active in the protection of Bio-diversity in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica initiating the Stanford Woods Institute INOGO initiative.

He was the commencement speaker at the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School for the Environment. He served on the Wyoming ENDOW Advisory Board at the request of the Governor.

He is married to his wife Juniper for 44 years and has 3 children.

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