Famous Venture Capitalists - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Venture Capitalists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Jawed KarimOctober 28, 1979German, AmericanJawed Karim is a German-American internet entrepreneur, technologist and co-founder of the video-sharing website, YouTube
Chamath PalihapitiyaSeptember 3, 1975Sri LankanChamath Palihapitiya is a Sri Lanka-born Canadian venture capitalist
Kimbal MuskSeptember 20, 1972South African, AmericanKimbal Musk is an American businessman, venture capitalist, and restaurateur
Peter ThielOctober 11, 1967German, American, New ZealanderPeter Andreas Thiel is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, philanthropist, and the co-founder of PayPal
Matt DanzeisenAmericanMatt Danzeisen is the partner of famous American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author Peter Andreas Thiel
Pocket SunJuly 12, 1991ChinesePocket Sun is the co-founder and manager of SoGal Ventures, the first and the largest female-led millennial venture capital firm
Brendan Wallace1983AmericanBrendan Wallace is an American entrepreneur
Tyler WinklevossAugust 21, 1981AmericanTyler Winklevoss is an American rower, entrepreneur and founder of Winklevoss Capital Management.
Brendan Wallace

Brendan Wallace

Brendan Wallace is an American entrepreneur

American1983133 views

Pocket Sun

Pocket Sun is the co-founder and manager of SoGal Ventures, the first and the largest female-led millennial venture capital firm

ChineseJuly 12, 1991139 views

Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, philanthropist, and the co-founder of PayPal

GermanOctober 11, 1967243 views

Matt Danzeisen

Matt Danzeisen is the partner of famous American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author Peter Andreas Thiel

American185 views

Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim is a German-American internet entrepreneur, technologist and co-founder of the video-sharing website, YouTube

GermanOctober 28, 19792,443 views

Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya is a Sri Lanka-born Canadian venture capitalist

Tyler Winklevoss

Tyler Winklevoss is an American rower, entrepreneur and founder of Winklevoss Capital Management.

AmericanAugust 21, 1981107 views

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk is an American businessman, venture capitalist, and restaurateur