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Commercial background

David is Chief Executive of Pi Capital, a role he has held since 2002 following a management buy-in. Pi Capital is a unique investor network that finds growth equity and alternative asset investment opportunities for its members and negotiates participation in select private equity deals and funds. It allows individual investors to participate in transactions on an opt-in basis that are usually the exclusive preserve of institutions. In addition to investment opportunities, Pi Capital offers its members exclusive vibrant social and educational programmes. David previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US and UK.

He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries (both as an angel investor or co-investor) and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the largest and most successful fitness companies in world including Fitness First,24 Hour Fitness and Zumba Fitness. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Zumba, Smartmatic and numerous other UK and US companies. David is a member of the British Airways International Advisory Board and is an active member of YPO and CEO global business organizations.

Social & philanthropic background

David is passionate about the power of education and encouraging entrepreneurial talent in the next generation. He is a trustee for Speakers for Schools, an organisation that provides free talks in state schools by distinguished and eminent figures, including leaders in business, the arts, sciences, sport, politics and media. He is also a patron of Pro Bono Economics which is an organisation that matches volunteer economists with charities wishing to address questions around measurement, results and impact.

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  • Business development
  • Raising investment
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Art
  • Childhood/Youth
  • Education
  • Health




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Perfect matching!

David works in my industry, has significant experience with growing companies and established ones both in the UK and the US. He was able to give me direct, to the point feedback that helped greatly with my business. It was time very well spent and much appreciated!

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A really fantastic opportunity.. talk to a genuine expert in our field - whether it leads directly to great things, or whether it ends simply with the one hour session, it's completely invaluable.

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Advice that is like gold dust!

Accessing insight from successful business leaders such as David Giampaolo is like having access to gold dust, and all aspiring business leaders should seek it.

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On point

An invigorating and exciting meeting where you don't quite know what's going to happen.

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A valuable opportunity

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Great session.

David was crystal-clear, transparent and helpful. His advice was really impactful.


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