10 Richest Venture Capitalists

By Abhinandan Lawati

According to Investopedia, “Venture Capitalist is an investor who either provides capital to startup ventures or supports small companies that wish to expand but do not have access to public funding.” It just sounds like a fancy term for opportunists, doesn’t it? Now that everyone is familiar with the term, let’s get a move on towards the list of 10 Richest Venture Capitalists in the world. 

10 richest venture capitalists in the world

Before that, let us update you on some of the interesting facts about the venture capital industry:

  • One Dollar of venture capital from 1970 to 2006 created $5.60 of revenue in the United States
  • Internet companies that grew as a result of venture capital include famous names such as Google, Facebook, You Tube, Shutterfly, Netscape and AOL.
  • Companies that changed our lives today that were funded by venture capital include FedEx, Home Depot, Starbucks, Whole Foods and Outback Steakhouse
  • Every $25,000 of venture capital creates 1 job in the US
  • 25% of companies started from Venture Capital which are now public were founded by non-US born entrepreneurs
  • One out of 3 Americans have benefited from medical companies that received venture capital
  • Venture capital is usually pumped into a company for about 5 years to 10 years. 

1. John Doerr Net Worth : $3.3 Billion

john doerr invested in amazon

John Doerr hasn’t just amassed a net worth of $3.3 billion without making remarkable investments. Some of his defining moments came when he provided venture capital to companies like Amazon, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and Google. While gloating in the present, the man always has one eye on the future. With Square, Flipboard and Bloom Energy on the cusp of reaching its potential, John Doerr seems to be heading in the right directions all the time. 

2. Reid Hoffman Net Worth : $3.2 Billion

reid hoffman had invested in groupon

Hoffman’s shrewd investments in small burgeoning startups have helped him amass a fortune of $3.2 billion. The man has provided venture capital to several companies such as Groupon, Digg, Flickr, PayPal and Facebook. We can argue that he is a lucky man but his records show otherwise. The man is also the proud co-founder of LinkedIn. With unrivalled connections in the Silicon Valley, the man is a star in every right.  

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3. Michael Moritz Net Worth : $2.9 Billion

michael moritz a google investor

Michael Moritz has a net worth of $2.9 billion. Some of the companies he has made investments in are Google, PayPal, Yahoo and LinkedIn. The married man lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and 2 children. Michael is a firm believer in education and has recently pledged to donate $30 million to the University of California. 

4. Yuri Milner Net Worth : $1.8 Billion

yuri milner, a spotify investor

Yuri Milner is truly a sought after investor. The man has around $1.8 billion locked in the deepest bank vaults. Some of his investments which have proven to be a master class are investments in Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Spotify etc. He has also invested heavily on e-commerce giant Alibaba

5. Vinod Khosla Net Worth : $1.5 Billion

Vinod Khosla has a net worth of $1.5 billion and he can take pride in his accomplishments with SunMicrosystems. Some of the companies he has invested in include networking company, Contrail and Beceem Communications. He is one of the many Indians who can call themselves billionaires. 

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6. Peter Fenton Net Worth : $1.4 Billion

peter fenton provided capital to twitter

When Peter Fenton provided venture capital to Twitter, Zimbra, FriendFeed, JBoss, little did he know that the investments would help him accumulate a net worth of $1.4 billion. Maybe he did know and we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The man is currently a valuable board member of around 12 companies including Twitter. The venture capitalist was a partner at Accel Partners before jumping the bandwagon to the company Benchmark in 2006. 

7. Peter Thiel Net Worth : $1.3 Billion

peter thiel the co founder of pay pal

Peter Thiel has a net worth of $1.3 billion. The man made a name for himself when he co-founded the company PayPal in 1998. His $500,000 investment in Facebook has turned out to be a master class. The stakes he obtained through that investment is worth $2.5 billion now. Peter resides in San Francisco, California. 

8. Aneel Bhusri Net Worth : $1.2 Billion

Aneel Bhusri ensures the smooth functioning of company Workday, where he serves as CEO and Chairman. He has a net worth of $1.2 billion and the investments he made in PolyServe served him well, when the company was bought in 2007 by Hewlett-Packard for $200 million. Some of his other investments are in companies like Cloudera, Domo and Pure Storage etc.

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9. Jim Breyer Net Worth : $1.1 Billion

jim breyer and investor in facebook

Jim Breyer is popularly known as the President of Accel Management Company. The Harvard graduate has made some smart investments in burgeoning companies. The man was the brains behind the $12.7 million investment in Facebook which is currently estimated to be worth $5 billion. Now, that’s the sort of profit one should make in order to claim a spot in this list. 

10. Kevin Efrusy Net Worth : To Be Determined

Although the net worth of Kevin Efrusy is yet to be determined, he makes it to the list strictly on the basis of merit. Kevin is one of the partners at Accel Partners and he was instrumental in Accel’s venture capital funding of Facebook. The $12.7 million investment Accel made is now worth around $5 billion dollars. The man was responsible for setting up the meeting with Mark Zuckerberg. He has also made investments in other companies such as Metacafe, Branchout and Groupon etc. 

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