Venture Capitalists

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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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Paul Pelosi
(American Businessman Who is Married to the U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.)
Paul Pelosi
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, Californammia, United States

Paul Pelosi is an American businessman. Pelosi owns and operates a venture capital investment and real estate firm called Financial Leasing Services, Inc., through which he has amassed a fortune of $114 million. He also sits on many corporate and philanthropic boards. He is married to Nancy Pelosi, the current U.S. House speaker.

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Tyler Winklevoss
(Founder of ‘Winklevoss Capital Management’ and ‘Gemini Cryptocurrency Exchange’)
Tyler Winklevoss
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Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States

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. 

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Kimbal Musk
(The Founder of 'The Kitchen Restaurant Group' and Co-Founder of 'Big Green' a 501 non profit organization)
Kimbal Musk
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Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pretoria, Transvaal, 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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Les Gold
(Pawnbroker)
Les Gold
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Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Rick Snyder
(Politician)
Rick Snyder
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Birthdate: August 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
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Peter Thiel
(Co-founder of 'PayPal', First outside Investor in 'Facebook')
Peter Thiel
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Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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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Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden
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Birthdate: 1908 AD
Birthplace: Hadhramaut, South Arabia
Died: September 3, 1967

Known widely as the father of Osama bin Laden, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was a Saudi business tycoon. He established the Jeddah-headquartered construction conglomerate Saudi Binladin Group and earned contracts from the Saudi royal family. He was also one of the richest non-royal Saudi and had 22 wives.

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W Averell Harriman
(Former Governor of New York)
W Averell Harriman
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Birthdate: November 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 1986
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Adam Dell
(Businessperson)
Adam Dell
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Birthdate: January 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
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Alexander Onassis
(Businessperson)
Alexander Onassis
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Birthdate: April 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 23, 1973
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Tagg Romney
(Management Consultant, Businessman and Political Advisor.)
Tagg Romney
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Birthdate: March 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Provo, Utah Provo, Utah, U.S.

Tagg Romney is an American businessman, management consultant, political advisor, and venture capitalist. Apart from working for major companies, such as Reebok, McKinsey and Co, and Monitor Group, Romney has also worked on his father Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He is also credited with founding Season Perks, a software design company which was subsequently sold.

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Timothy C. Draper
(Businessperson)
Timothy C. Draper
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Birthdate: June 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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John Doerr
(Venture Capitalist)
John Doerr
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Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
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Luke Nosek
(Venture capitalist)
Luke Nosek
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Birthplace: Zgłobice, Gmina Tarnów, Poland
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Bill Joy
(Computer scientist, co-founded Sun Microsystems)
Bill Joy
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Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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Leonid Radvinsky
(Founder of the cam site MyFreeCams)
Leonid Radvinsky
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Birthdate: 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ukrain
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James Altucher
(Entrepreneur)
James Altucher
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Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
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Michael Moritz
(Computer scientist)
Michael Moritz
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Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardiff

Welsh venture capitalist and former journalist Michael Moritz was earlier associated with Time as a writer. Now a partner at Sequoia Capital, he has invested in and been part of the boards of organizations such as Google, PayPal, and Yahoo. He penned The Little Kingdom, the first-known history of Apple.

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Eric Ries
(Entrepreneur, Blogger, and author of The Lean Startup, a book on the lean startup movement)
Eric Ries
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Birthdate: September 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States
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Jacques Vallée
(Scientist)
Jacques Vallée
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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.

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Joi Ito
(Activist, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist)
Joi Ito
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Birthdate: June 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto

Joi Ito is a Japanese venture capitalist and entrepreneur best known for his association with Internet and technology companies. He is credited with founding several companies like Infoseek Japan, Digital Garage, and PSINet Japan. Over the years, Joi Ito has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Golden Plate Award and the IRI Medal. 

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Vinod Khosla
(Businessperson)
Vinod Khosla
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Birthdate: January 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India
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Phil Harris
(Businessman)
Phil Harris
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Birthdate: September 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England, UK
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Lip-Bu Tan
(CEO of Cadence Design Systems)
Lip-Bu Tan
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Birthdate: November 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Muar (town) Muar, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
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Robert A. Swanson
(Venture capitalist)
Robert A. Swanson
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1999 AD
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Georges Doriot
(Educator, Venture capitalist)
Georges Doriot
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Birthdate: September 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 2, 1987
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Mark Kvamme
(Racing driver)
Mark Kvamme
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Birthdate: February 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California Sunnyvale, California
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D-Black
(Ghanaian Anglophone Hip-Hop and Afrobeat Musician, Record Producer and Entrepreneur)
D-Black
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Birthdate: January 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Ghanaian rapper, song-writer, anglophone hip-hop and Afrobeat musician, record producer and entrepreneur D-Black is known for spawning award winning songs like Get On the Dancefloor, Vera and Seihor. He serves as CEO of the record label Black Avenue Muzik and the events management company Livewire Events. Other ventures of D-Black include the Black Avenue Clothing line and Black Avenue Films/TV.

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Jon Moulton
(Founder and managing partner of the private equity firm Better Capital)
Jon Moulton
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Birthdate: October 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, England
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Max Palevsky
(Art Collector)
Max Palevsky
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Birthdate: July 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 5, 2010
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Hugh Allan
(Financier)
Hugh Allan
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Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saltcoats, United Kingdom
Died: December 9, 1882
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John Hummer
(Basketball player, Venture capitalist)
John Hummer
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Birthdate: May 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Henry Baldwin Hyde
(Businessman)
Henry Baldwin Hyde
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Birthdate: February 15, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catskill, New York, United States
Died: May 2, 1899
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Asano Sōichirō
(Japanese Businessman and Founder of 'Sapporo Breweries', 'Oki Electric Industry' and 'JFE Group')
Asano Sōichirō
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Birthdate: April 13, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Etchu Province, Japan
Died: November 9, 1930

Starting his career as a coal merchant, Japanese entrepreneur Asano Sōichirō later came to be known as the cement king for founding Asano Cement. His conglomerate diversified into industries such as beer brewing, construction, mining, shipping, and communications technology. He is also known as the father of Keihin industrial area.

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Pocket Sun
(Singapore Entrepreneur, Investor, Co-Founder and Manager of ‘SoGal Ventures’)
Pocket Sun
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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.

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Matt Danzeisen
(Co-founder of the American Online Payment Service Company 'PayPal')
Matt Danzeisen
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Birthplace: United States
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Brendan Wallace
(Emma Watson’s Boyfriend)
Brendan Wallace
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: New York
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Jonathan Gillibrand
(Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband)
Jonathan Gillibrand
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: England
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Justin Siegel
(Entrepreneur)
Justin Siegel
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Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States