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This profile was last updated on 3/26/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Erik D. Prince

Wrong Erik D. Prince?

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Owner
  • Chairman


  • the United States Naval Academy
  • Hillsdale College
  • US Naval Academy
199 Total References
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News Focus, 26 Mar 2014 [cached]
The executives were some of the closest advisers to Blackwater's founder, Erik Prince, and helped him steer the company during its swift rise to become the leading contractor providing security for American diplomats in Iraq and Afghanistan, working for the State Department, the C.I.A. and the Pentagon. ...
NewsFocus: Ah, but how about the head of the snake, Erik Prince?
Erik Prince: Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, And CIA Spy
Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. Continue
Erik Prince (born into a wealthy family and former...
Company Profile Directory | Crocodyl, 5 Jan 2014 [cached]
Blackwater USA is a private military company and security firm founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark.
BlackwaterUSA and many other photos, 11 Nov 2013 [cached]
Prince, it turned out, had been thinking along the same lines.
As his SEAL career took him to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Prince said, he realized the men were not getting "the cutting-edge training they needed to ensure success."
"In a letter home while I was deployed, I outlined the vision that is today Blackwater," the media-shy Prince said in a rare e-mail interview last week.
Prince and Clark mapped out plans for more than a year.
That's when Clark discovered Prince was no ordinary SEAL.
"I was in the unusual position after the sale of the family business to self-fund this endeavor," Prince said.
But Worthington said Prince and the Blackwater people won over Camden County officials.
Q&A: Interview with Blackwater founder Erik Prince
Not everyone is thrilled with the company's growth. Neighbors have complained about noise, traffic and proximity to firing ranges.
"So I wrote a Web site and mailed it to Erik Prince on a 3½-inch disk," he said.
Even with the luxury of Prince's financial backing, "we were a very small business in the beginning," Jackson said.
Ultimately, Blackwater's struggle to forge its identity resulted in a parting of the ways between Prince and his early collaborator Clark, who left the company in 2000.
In an e-mail interview, Blackwater founder Erik Prince said: "Given the sensational tone of the media coverage our industry receives, it is understandable that there are calls for more regulation."
In the end, though, an unfettered marketplace is self-regulating, Prince said:
Erik Prince, the company's reclusive founder, is reportedly in attendance, but as usual, he steers clear of the spotlight.
Prince may choose to stay in the background, but his company is bent on polishing its image.
Erik Prince's sister Betsy, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, is married to Dick DeVos, billionaire son of the founder of marketing giant Amway and this year's likely Republican candidate for governor of Michigan.
Erik Prince went to private schools in Michigan, earned his pilot's license at 17 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy. He later joined the Navy and was deployed with a SEAL team.
Prince was living in Virginia Beach when he founded Blackwater in 1996. He now runs the Prince Group, Blackwater's parent company, from an office in McLean, Va.
His first wife, Joan, died of cancer in 2003. He has since remarried, and has six children.
Prince is a board member of Christian Freedom International, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world.
Since 1998, he has made nearly $200,000 in contributions to Republican committees and candidates, including President Bush and indicted former House leader Tom DeLay, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Erik Prince (born June 6 , 1969 in Holland, Michigan ) is the founder and owner of the military support contractor Blackwater USA . A millionaire and former US Navy SEAL , after high school he briefly attended the United States Naval Academy before attending and graduating from Hillsdale College . After college, he earned a commission in the United States Navy after joining in 1992, and served as a Navy SEAL officer on deployments to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, including Bosnia.
, Erik moved to Virginia Beach and personally financed the formation of Blackwater USA at the age of 27.
The company is wholly owned by Erik Prince and does not release financial figures, but estimates of their income range wildly from $100 million to $600 million per year.
It wasn't until Erik Prince picked up his first security contract from the CIA (with then VP of Security Jamie Smith) that income began to flow.
Prince even his own development and heavy construction company that will benefit from the increased activity at Moyock.
Unlike more conservative companies like DynCorp, Olive, Triple Canopy, HART, ArmorGroup, MVM and others Blackwater and Erik Prince have worked hard to build a culture of Blackwater.
Its owner, Erik Prince, is a major Republican campaign contributor and his company has received more than $85 million worth of U.S. government contracts. Over 20 Blackwater employees have been killed in Iraq.
Five years ago: Blackwater ..., 2 Oct 2012 [cached]
Five years ago: Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vigorously rejected charges that guards from his private security firm had acted recklessly while protecting State Department personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Blackwater founder Erik ..., 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who ran the company at the time of the Iraq shooting, is no longer affiliated with the company.
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