Alexander Ellis III

Alexander Ellis III
Born (1949-01-01) January 1, 1949
Education Milton Academy High School
Colorado College
Yale University
Occupation Business Executive, Partner in venture capital firm Rockport Capital
Parent(s) Alexander (Sandy) Ellis
Nancy Walker Bush Ellis
Relatives George H. W. Bush (uncle)
George W. Bush and John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (cousins)

Alexander "Hap" Ellis III (born January 1, 1949), formerly an executive with alternative energy companies, and now a partner in the venture-capital firm Rockport Capital Partners. He is a nephew of former President of the United States George H. W. Bush and a first cousin of former President George W. Bush and the former Governor of Florida John Ellis "Jeb" Bush.

Family background

Ellis's father was Alexander (Sandy) Ellis, an insurance executive in Boston, who studied at Yale University. Alexander B. Ellis II (1922–1989), was an executive with insurance firm Fairfield & Ellis (which merged into Corroon & Black, now a part of Willis Group Holdings). His mother is Nancy Walker Bush Ellis, a sister of former President George H. W. Bush. Both Alexander Ellis and George Bush were members of Skull and Bones at Yale.[1]:168


Ellis grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and attended Milton Academy high school, he later went to Colorado College. He studied business at Yale University receiving a Masters in Business Administration.


Early in his career Ellis went to work for US Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA) as a Legislative Assistant. While working for Senator Brooke among the issues he had to assist the Senator on was the turmoil in the nations energy supply caused by the change towards a more assertive pricing strategy by members of OPEC. Alexander Ellis III' father Alexander Ellis Jr. was in insurance and this influenced him to enter it as a career. As the alternative energy sector was growing Ellis set up a practice in that specialization. Energy efficiency effects modular furniture implementation and design and he was hired by the furniture firm Knoll. Knoll was later acquired by Westinghouse at which point Ellis moved on. Ellis was recruited to Kenetech Corporation, one of the nation's foremost windpower development and turbine manufacturers. There was considerable interest in implementing windpower at the time and tax incentive support. Kenetech managed to obtain venture capital support and quickly achieved an important place in the industry. Subsequent to Kenetech and before joining RockPort, Ellis and a partner formed a company which developed two independent power plants. These were sizeable facilities both were gas and over 500+MW. One of these electric generation plants was in Maine. He is also involved with other entrepreneurial endeavors. [2] Since 1998 Alexander Ellis III has been a partner with the firm Rockport Capital Partners. Alexander Ellis III is Chairman of Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.[3]

Alexander Ellis III graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and subsequently went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management.



  1. Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7.

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