Evanston-based firm gets new owner


Evanston-based Legacy.com, a provider of online digital memorials, has been sold by Boston-based Great Hill Partners to Pamplona Capital of London.

Headquartered at 820 Davis St. and led by Founder and CEO Stopher Bartol, Legacy.com provides obituary-related products and services to more than 1,500 newspapers and 3,500 funeral homes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., and Europe, and helps people express condolences and share remembrances of loved ones.

With over 43 million visitors each month, Legacy.com is ranked by Quantcast as a Top 40 domain in the U.S. The sale was announced Wednesday.

Michael Kumin, a managing partner at Great Hill Partners, said in a statement, “I want to thank Stopher and the outstanding Legacy team for their hard work in building a great company serving their clients, employees and shareholders. Legacy has always been an innovator in the category and I am confident that they will continue to grow the online memorialization market in the future.”

Bartol said, “It’s hard to overstate the positive impact Great Hill Partners has had as owners of Legacy.com. Michael Kumin and the Great Hill team were catalysts for growth, and truly exceptional stewards of the company over the past five years. We couldn’t have asked for more in an ownership partner.”

In addition to Evanston, Legacy.com has offices in Naperville, Illinois; Calabasas, California, and London.

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