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Forbes 2015 Midas List

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The Top 10 Venture Investors And Firms Of 2015

When it comes to the top venture investor by returns, no one’s topping Jim Goetz. But as the private valuations of ride-sharing service Uber and Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi soar above $40 billion and exits from Alibaba’s record-setting public offering to Amazon’s billion-dollar deal for streaming site Twitch begin to pile up, the ranks of the 2015 Midas List are changing fast.

Sequoia Capital partner Goetz stays at #1 due to WhatsApp, the mobile messaging company acquired by Facebook in Oct. for $22 billion. The sole investor in WhatsApp, Goetz struck gold, returning more than $3 billion to Sequoia, more than 6x its entire $434 million 2010 fund. Add that to a string of IPOs like HubSpot, which went public in 2014, Nimble Storage and Barracuda Networks in 2013 and the 2012 IPOs of Ruckus Wireless and Palo Alto Networks, in which Sequoia’s held its position in the now $11 billion-plus market cap company. Goetz is on a historic hot streak that embodies the Midas touch.

Sequoia stalwart Doug Leone stays at #6 joined by perennial Paul Madera, the growth-stage expert from Meritech Capital Partners, at #6 and #7. But alongside Gurley, the back of the top 10 sees some major change. At #8 is newly-minted billionaire Neil Shen, the managing partner at Sequoia Capital China and former Ctrip.com cofounder (the “Expedia of China”) who managed the firms investments in Alibaba, Vipshop (IPO 2012) and Qihoo 360 (IPO 2011) among others.


Full List

  1. Jim Goetz, Sequoia Capital
  2. Peter Fenton, Benchmark
  3. Chris Sacca, Lowercase Capital
  4. Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital
  5. Steve Anderson, Baseline Ventures
  6. Douglas Leone, Sequoia Capital
  7. Paul Madera, Meritech Capital Partners
  8. Neil Shen, Sequoia Capital
  9. Bill Gurley, Benchmark
  10. Jenny Lee, GGV Capital
  11. Scott Sandell, New Enterprise Associates
  12. Peter Thiel, Founders Fund
  13. Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital
  14. Mike Maples, Jr., Floodgate
  15. Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  16. Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capital
  17. Aneel Bhusri, Workday
  18. Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
  19. Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz
  20. Yuri Milner, Digital Sky Technologies
  21. Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital
  22. Steven Ji, Sequoia Capital
  23. Rebecca Lynn, Canvas Venture Fund
  24. Salil Deshpande, Bain Capital Ventures
  25. Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
  26. Promod Haque, Norwest Venture Partners
  27. David Sze, Greylock Partners
  28. Jeremy Levine, Bessemer Venture Partners
  29. Alfred Lin, Sequoia Capital
  30. John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  31. Todd Chaffee, Institutional Venture Partners
  32. Hurst Lin, DCM
  33. Danny Rimer, Index Ventures
  34. Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn
  35. Jixun Foo, GGV Capital
  36. Asheem Chandna, Greylock Partners
  37. Sameer Gandhi, Accel Partners
  38. Gaurav Garg, Wing Venture Partners
  39. Aydin Senkut, Felicis Ventures
  40. Ron Conway, SV Angel
  41. Harry Weller, New Enterprise Associates
  42. Navin Chaddha, Mayfield Fund
  43. Hans Tung, GGV Capital
  44. Brian Singerman, Founders Fund
  45. Rob Hayes, First Round Capital
  46. Lee Fixel, Tiger Global Management
  47. Xiaojun Li, IDG Capital Partners
  48. Scott Shleifer, Tiger Global Management
  49. Ann Lamont, Oak Investment Partners
  50. David Chao, DCM
  51. Ryan Sweeney, Accel Partners
  52. Michael Goguen, Sequoia Capital
  53. Jonathan Silverstein, OrbiMed
  54. Bryan Roberts, Venrock
  55. Joel Cutler, General Catalyst Partners
  56. Charles Moldow, Foundation Capital
  57. Deven Parekh, Insight Venture Partners
  58. Neeraj Agrawal, Battery Ventures
  59. Bijan Sabet, Spark Capital
  60. Randy Glein, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  61. Kui Zhou, Sequoia Capital
  62. Kevin Efrusy, Accel Partners
  63. Matt Cohler, Benchmark
  64. Ken Howery, Founders Fund
  65. Klaus Hommels, Lakestar
  66. Rich Wong, Accel Partners
  67. Ping Li, Accel Partners
  68. David Weiden, Khosla Ventures
  69. Anton Levy, General Atlantic
  70. Mitch Lasky, Benchmark
  71. Sandy Miller, Institutional Venture Partners
  72. George Zachary, Charles River Ventures
  73. David Cowan, Bessemer Venture Partners
  74. Richard Liu, Morningside Ventures
  75. George Bischof, Meritech Capital Partners
  76. Rob Ward, Meritech Capital Partners
  77. Josh Stein, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  78. Dennis Phelps, Institutional Venture Partners
  79. Bruce Golden, Accel Partners
  80. Jim Tananbaum, Foresite Capital
  81. Jeff Jordan, Andreessen Horowitz
  82. Shervin Pishevar, Sherpa Ventures
  83. Bryan Schreier, Sequoia Capital
  84. David Lee, SV Angel
  85. Izhar Armony, Charles River Ventures
  86. Venky Ganesan, Menlo Ventures
  87. Suyang Zhang, IDG Capital Partners
  88. Andrew Braccia, Accel Partners
  89. Carl Gordon, OrbiMed
  90. Satish Dharmaraj, Redpoint Ventures
  91. Beth Seidenberg, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  92. Shawn Carolan, Menlo Ventures
  93. Peter Wagner, Wing Venture Partners
  94. Mamoon Hamid, The Social+Capital Partnership
  95. Mike Volpi, Index Ventures
  96. Ben Nye, Bain Capital Ventures
  97. Gordon Ritter, Emergence Capital Partners
  98. Jeff Crowe, Norwest Venture Partners
  99. Ted Schlein, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  100. Michael Dearing, Harrison Metal