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.

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 1 Peter Thiel

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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt

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.

 2 Bono

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
U2 frontman Bono he has earned more than 20 Grammys and has been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the band. An avid philanthropist, he has also been associated with projects such as the ONE Campaign and Product Red, to aid countries such as Africa.
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 3 Jawed Karim

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Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Merseburg, East Germany

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

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Famous As: Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs
Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
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

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Famous As: Rower, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton (village), New York

Tyler Winklevoss is an American Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investor and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange and Winklevoss Capital Management. He is also credited with co-founding ConnectU, which he claimed inspired Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook. Also a rower, Tyler and his identical twin brother, Cameron, competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where they finished sixth. 

 6 Carter Page

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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: June 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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 7 Terry McAuliffe

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA

Democratic Party member and former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe is a qualified lawyer. Born to a Democratic politician in New York, he began his first business at 14, maintaining driveways and parking lots in his area, and grew up to be a successful banker, real-estate developer, and venture capitalist.

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 8 Tony Hsieh

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illinois

Tony Hsieh showed his entrepreneurial spirit since his Harvard days, when he managed a pizza delivery outlet for his dorm. He later founded the Las Vegas-based online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos. He tragically died from smoke inhalation at a house fire during Thanksgiving, shortly before turning 47.

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 9 Adam Dell

Adam Dell
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.

 10 Alexander Onassis

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 23, 1973
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 11 Rick Snyder

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Michigan Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.

 12 Vinod Khosla

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India

 13 Les Gold

Les Gold.
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Famous As: Pawnbroker
Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 14 John Doerr

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Famous As: Venture Capitalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

 15 W Averell Harriman

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Famous As: Former Governor of New York
Birthdate: November 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 1986

 16 James Altucher

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
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 17 Michael Moritz

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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardiff

 18 Timothy C. Draper

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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 19 Luke Nosek

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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zgłobice, Gmina Tarnów, Poland

 20 Jacques Vallée

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France

Jacques Vallée is a French computer scientist, Internet pioneer, venture capitalist, astronomer, ufologist, and author. Vallée is credited with co-developing the first computerized map of Mars, which was used by NASA in the 1960s. An influential personality in the study of UFOs, Jacques Vallée has promoted such hypothesis as the interdimensional hypothesis.

 21 Joi Ito

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Famous As: Activist, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto

 22 Phil Harris

Phil Harris
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England, UK

 23 Lip-Bu Tan

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Famous As: CEO of Cadence Design Systems
Birthdate: November 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Muar (town) Muar, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)

 24 Robert A. Swanson

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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1999 AD

 25 D-Black

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 26 Mark Kvamme

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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: February 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California Sunnyvale, California

 27 Jon Moulton

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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, England

 28 Max Palevsky

Max Palevsky
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Famous As: Art Collector
Birthdate: July 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 5, 2010

 29 Hugh Allan

Hugh Allan
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saltcoats, United Kingdom
Died: December 9, 1882

 30 Henry Baldwin Hyde

Henry Baldwin Hyde
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 15, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catskill, New York, United States
Died: May 2, 1899

 31 Asano Sōichirō

Asano Sōichirō
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 13, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Etchu Province, Japan
Died: November 9, 1930

 32 Matt Danzeisen

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Famous As: Peter Thiels' Partner
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 33 Pocket Sun

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: China

Chinese entrepreneur Pocket Sun gained international attention when she founded SoGal Ventures, the first cross-border female-led venture capital firm. The University of Southern California alumna also leads the SoGal Foundation and Trojan Ventures. At 24, she became one of the youngest to grace the Forbes cover.

 34 Brendan Wallace

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Famous As: Emma Watson’s Boyfriend
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: New York

 35 John Hummer

John Hummer
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Famous As: Basketball player, Venture capitalist
Birthdate: May 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 36 Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1908 AD
Birthplace: Hadhramaut, South Arabia
Died: September 3, 1967

 37 Jonathan Gillibrand

Jonathan Gillibrand.
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Famous As: Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: England

 38 Justin Siegel

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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