[BNPL for Business ] Forbes: The Midas List. The World’s best Venture Capital Investors in 2024

A Meteoric Rise for AI Startups Marks the 2024 Midas List

The landscape of venture capitalism is experiencing a seismic shift as the valuations of AI startups soar and a wave of IPOs hits the market. This shift is reflected in the latest edition of the Midas List, Forbes’ annual ranking of the top venture capitalists worldwide. Produced in collaboration with TrueBridge Capital Partners, the 23rd iteration of the Midas List reveals notable trends and standout investors shaping the future of technology investment.

Alfred Lin Returns to the Top Spot

Alfred Lin, a partner at Sequoia, reclaimed the coveted number one position on the Midas List after a two-year hiatus. Lin’s portfolio boasts significant investments, including the 2020 IPO of Airbnb and the more recent offering from Reddit. His involvement with OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, further solidified his standing, particularly after his role in restoring CEO Sam Altman to power following a brief coup attempt in 2023.

The Impact of AI Unicorns

The soaring valuation of AI unicorn companies, exemplified by the $86 billion valuation of OpenAI, has propelled seven investors onto the Midas List. Among them is Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, who surged an impressive 76 slots to claim the ninth position. Additionally, the involvement of Reid Hoffman and Marc Andreessen underscores the significance of AI investments in reshaping the venture capital landscape.

Newcomers and Returning Players

The 2024 Midas List features a mix of newcomers and returning investors. Notable among them is Randy Glein of DFJ Growth, who reappeared on the list at number 14 after a five-year absence, buoyed by the success of SpaceX. Six newcomers, including Trae Stephens and Wesley Chan, have also made their mark, reflecting the dynamism of the investment ecosystem.

Women in Venture Capital

The 2024 Midas List continues to see an increase in female representation, with 13 women investors making their mark. Luciana Lixandru of Sequoia, Mar Hershenson of Pear Ventures, and Nisa Leung of Qiming Venture Partners are among the prominent women shaping the future of venture capital.

Methodology and Insights

Forbes employs a data-driven approach to compile the Midas List, drawing from public data sources and submissions from investment partners. The list reflects the performance of investors based on portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for substantial sums. The emphasis on liquid exits underscores the importance of delivering tangible returns in the competitive world of venture capital.

Summary Table: Top 10 Investors on the 2024 Midas List

Rank Name Firm Notable Deal Headquarters
1 Alfred Lin Sequoia OpenAI San Francisco, US
2 Micky Malka Ribbit Capital Coinbase Menlo Park, US
3 Neil Shen HongShan ByteDance Hong Kong, China
4 Navin Chaddha Mayfield Fund Poshmark Saratoga, US
5 Satish Dharmaraj Redpoint Ventures Snowflake Saratoga, US
6 Chris Dixon Andreessen Horowitz Coinbase Menlo Park, US
7 Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures Coinbase New York, US
8 Reid Hoffman Greylock Airbnb Palo Alto, US
9 Vinod Khosla Khosla Ventures OpenAI Portola Valley, US
10 Hemant Taneja General Catalyst Applied Intuition Palo Alto, US

The 2024 Midas List reflects the evolving landscape of venture capital, with AI startups and disruptive technologies taking center stage. As investors navigate this changing terrain, the Midas List serves as a barometer of success and innovation in the world of technology investment.

Source: Forbes

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