John Sauter

last updated 12/18/2017

John Sauter

Managing Director at ICONIQ Capital

394 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(415) 430-0061

General Information


Duke University

MBAUniversity of California Los Angeles

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Iconiq said to fire manager over old sex charge amid #MeToo

Iconiq Capital, known for catering to Silicon Valley royalty including Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, fired its head of real estate, John Sauter, in February after a background check by a potential investor unearthed a charge for sexually assaulting a woman almost three decades ago, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Sauter, 52, declined to comment, as did Iconiq, citing a policy of not publicly discussing personnel matters. Mr. Sauter's situation raises questions about what should happen once incidents surface from decades back. California and San Francisco, where Iconiq is based, have enacted measures in recent years limiting what information companies may consider when screening their staff. The idea is to let people resolve criminal charges and eventually find productive work. No other such cases could be found during Mr. Sauter's career. In 1991, he was charged in California for crimes alleged to have occurred the previous year, when he was 24. Authorities accused him of sexually assaulting a woman, penetrating her with a foreign object and forcing oral sex, according to court documents. Mr. Sauter pleaded to a single count of sexual battery. He didn't admit wrongdoing, one of the people said. Court documents show he received a nine-month suspended sentence with five years of probation. In 1996, a not guilty plea was entered and the conviction set aside. Yet records of the case remained available to the public because of a bureaucratic quirk: Mr. Sauter moved from Orange County, where the charge was originally brought, to Los Angeles County, causing some documents to be filed there, too. The dismissal removed his conviction from public view at one courthouse, but it could still be found at the second. The case surfaced while an Iconiq joint venture sought to raise money from institutional clients for a fund focusing on investments in data centers. A potential client notified the firm that it had discovered a problem in Mr. Sauter's past, said the people, who asked not to be identified because of the matter's sensitive nature. The investor flagged the conviction to Iconiq in early December, the people said. The company discussed the issue with him in late January and fired him in mid-February, one of the people said. Mr. Sauter, that person said, contends his dismissal violated laws restricting what employers can ask applicants about arrest records that have been expunged. California also prevents employers from looking back more than seven years when conducting background checks. The firing has left him scouting real estate deals for his own venture, Blue Orchid Group. Mr. Sauter, a Duke University graduate, had gone on with his life after the incident. He completed an MBA at the University of California Los Angeles, and according to people who know him, got married and had three children. Over the years, he built a successful career in real estate, including stints at Michael Dell's family office and CBRE Global Investors, where he was responsible for originating, underwriting and structuring deals on the West Coast. He oversaw purchases of the Sofitel San Francisco Bay and the Irvine Marriott hotels, according to statements. He landed at Iconiq in 2016, when the firm was just five years old but already well known in the financial and technology worlds for its roster of high-profile clients.

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