Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is an entrepreneur and investor with a passion for technologies that can push humanity forward and promote diversity and inclusion. She also serves as a Board Member and Strategic Planning Committee Chair of the National Museum of Mathematics, as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Women Corporate Directors, and as a Truman Security Fellow.
Her investment activities are focused on backing visionary science and technology founders from artificial intelligence to commercial space, including early investments in SpaceX, the leading commercial space launch company, and Lynk which demonstrated in 2019 the first “cell tower in space”. She was instrumental in beamed energy propulsion becoming a part of NASA’s technology roadmap in 2015, as cofounder of Escape Dynamics ranked third of the “Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Space Companies” by Fast Company, and whose technology was featured in Scientific American as a “World Changing Idea”. On the policy front, she has contributed her expertise to Council on Foreign Relations study groups on transformative technologies. She has also briefed members of the US Senate on commercial space and is a regular speaker at the National Space Symposium and at the Association of Space Explorers Congress.
Prior to pursuing her own investment activities after establishing her investment firm in 2008, Laetitia served in leadership investing roles at leading global financial firms, including as an Investment Partner at Renaissance Technologies in New-York, as an Investment Principal at TPG-Axon in both New-York and Hong-Kong, and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where she started her career in 1999 in London.
Laetitia was born and grew-up in France, holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, and is married to Richard Garriott, a videogame pioneer and astronaut, with whom she has two children Kinga Shuilong and Ronin Phi.