Venture Capitalists

Venture capitalists are investors who provide capital to startups and small businesses with long-term growth potential. Venture capitalists often charge a higher rate of interest than traditional banks, and may take on an ownership share in the company. Venture capital is a very important source of funding for startup businesses that are unable to raise money from banks or the capital market. Being a venture capitalist is a high risk proposition—startups have the highest chance of failing in the case of which the venture capitalist will suffer heavy losses. However, they also stand to gain a massive return in case these small companies become successful in future. The most successful venture capitalists are those who have the ability to accurately judge the long-term potential of a venture. They look for unique ideas that can be converted into a profitable business before investing their funds. They should have excellent business sense and considerable knowledge of finance and management to be able to judge prospective businesses accurately. Venture capitalists work in a high-pressure environment that often requires long working hours and frequent traveling. Read on to browse through a list of world famous venture capitalists and read their biographies and timelines.

 1 Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 2 Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel
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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, New Zealander, American

Peter Thiel is a German-American venture capitalist and entrepreneur. As the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel redefined the way online payments and online money transfers work in the United States and most Asian countries. He also played a major role in the development of Facebook as its first outside investor.

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 3 Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim
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Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, American

Jawed Karim is an American Internet entrepreneur and software engineer. Karim is credited with co-founding one of the most popular online video-sharing platforms, YouTube. He is also credited with uploading the first YouTube video named Me at the zoo. During his time working at PayPal, Jawed Karim had designed many of the company's core components, such as its anti-Internet-fraud system.

 4 Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk
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Famous As: Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs
Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American, South African
Kimbal Musk, the younger brother of business tycoon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, owns the community restaurant chain known as The Kitchen Restaurant Group. He also co-founded the non-profit Big Green, which builds outdoor classrooms, and Square Roots, which specializes in urban farming. He is also a prime Tesla shareholder.
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 5 Tyler Winklevoss

Tyler Winklevoss
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Famous As: Rower, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 6 Rick Snyder

Rick Snyder
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 7 Alexander Onassis

Alexander Onassis
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 23, 1973
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 8 Adam Dell

Adam Dell
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 9 Carter Page

Carter Page
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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: June 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 10 Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 11 W Averell Harriman

W Averell Harriman
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Famous As: Former Governor of New York
Birthdate: November 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 1986

 12 Les Gold

Les Gold
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Famous As: Pawnbroker
Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 13 Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian, American

 14 Luke Nosek

Luke Nosek
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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 15 Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 16 John Doerr

John Doerr
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Famous As: Venture Capitalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 17 Timothy C. Draper

Timothy C. Draper
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 18 James Altucher

James Altucher
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 19 Joi Ito

Joi Ito
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Famous As: Activist, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese, American

 20 Phil Harris

Phil Harris
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 21 Matt Danzeisen

Matt Danzeisen
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Famous As: Peter Thiels' Partner
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 22 Brendan Wallace

Brendan Wallace
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Famous As: Emma Watson’s Boyfriend
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Nationality: American

 23 Mark Kvamme

Mark Kvamme
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: February 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 24 Robert A. Swanson

Robert A. Swanson
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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1999 AD

 25 Justin Siegel

Justin Siegel
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 26 Max Palevsky

Max Palevsky
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Famous As: Art Collector
Birthdate: July 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 5, 2010

 27 Hugh Allan

Hugh Allan
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 9, 1882

 28 Pocket Sun

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Chinese

 29 Jonathan Gillibrand

Jonathan Gillibrand
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Famous As: Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: British, American

 30 Henry Baldwin Hyde

Henry Baldwin Hyde
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 15, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 1899

 31 Asano Sōichirō

Asano Sōichirō
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 13, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 9, 1930
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