Jim Goetz, Peter Fenton, and Jim Breyer are among the most successful venture investors that you probably haven’t heard of before. There is a legend in Greek mythology that speaks of a powerful king – Midas – that could turn anything to gold simply by touching it. Much like the mighty Midas himself, some venture capitalists nowadays seem to excel at anything they do.
Following, we would like to present you with a list we have compiled of the top 6 venture investors for 2014, based on the 4th edition of the Midas List, recently released by Forbes Magazine. Every year, Forbes sets out to uncover those venture capitalists that truly have the Midas touch. Dealmakers in science and high-tech are evaluated according to a wide range of parameters, such as IPO market capitalization, although Forbes also relies on the opinions of experts in the field. All of the 6 venture investors in our list are billionaires.
Curious to see who the top venture investors in 2014 are? Let’s take a look at the countdown. Don’t forget to check out our lists of most profitable businesses, most profitable franchises, and most profitable small businesses.
No. 6: Doug Leone
Doug Leone, the face of investment group Sequoia Capital, recently backed RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG)’s – a cloud phone company – IPO back in 2013. Apart from that, Leone also sits on the boards of ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) and CafePress Inc (NASDAQ:PRSS).
No. 5: Jim Breyer
Breyer’s early investment in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) helped make him a billionaire back in 2005. Nowadays, although he’s slipped a few positions in the Midas list, Breyer is still going strong. In 2013, he helped Model N Inc (NYSE:MODN) with its IPO. In 2014, according to an interview he gave to Forbes Magazine, Breyer is playing on even more investments through his personal office – the Breyer Capital.