18 Apr Mighty Midas: 30% of This Year’s List Are Seven Time Champs
Mightiest of the Midas
Each year, Forbes publishes a list of the top dealmakers in venture capital. What you might not realize is just how similar this year is from one year to the next, or that there are definite trends among those who make the list year after year.
The Midas 100 selection process involves a number of factors. First, Forbes pulls in M&A and IPO data from companies across China, Europe, India, Israel, and the United States, but it also accepts submissions of VC firms. In addition to these data points, Forbes and TrueBridge also draw from their own “additional data sources” to help determine the list. The 2017 Midas 100 was released by Forbes week in collaboration with TrueBridge Capital Partners and, as in past years, there’s a certain element of deja vu.
A whopping 30% of this year’s list has been on the Midas 100 for seven years running and 72% have been on the list for the last three years. Over the past five years, the Midas 100 has been made up of 48% the same people. It seems once you’re on the list, you’ve got a good chance of appearing the following year, and in subsequent years after that.
Midas List – 2017 Consecutive Appearances
3 Years Running
5 Years Running
7 Years Running
i.e., 3 years running = 2015, 2016, 2017
Location matters, too. For the 30% of VCs that have been on the list for seven years, the ‘Mightiest of the Midas,’ 100% of them are based in the United States and just over 83% are in California. The remaining ~16% percent is divided amongst New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
The Mightiest Midas list isn’t just concentrated on one geographic area, either. Things get more interesting when you look at their education or investment history. For example, the majority of the list attended the same three universities, with 26% attending Harvard, 20% attending MIT, and a staggering 40% attending Stanford (note that some of these VCs have qualifications from more than one of the aforementioned institutions).
As far as investments go, there are lots of commonalities, but one sticks out: more than 25% of those on the list for seven years running invested in or were a board member at Twitter.
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|Jim Goetz||Sequoia Capital||58||30||7||1||1||1||1|
|Chris Sacca||Lowercase Capital||82||55||21||12||3||3||2|
|Peter Fenton||Benchmark Capital||4||5||6||3||2||4||3|
|Doug Leone||Sequoia Capital||11||18||4||6||6||9||9|
|Jim Breyer||Breyer Capital||1||1||1||5||13||11||10|
|Peter Thiel||Founders Fund||7||8||3||4||12||10||12|
|Paul Madera||Meritech Capital Partners||30||7||11||9||7||12||14|
|Yuri Milner||Digital Sky Technologies||25||29||35||35||20||17||15|
|Neeraj Agrawal||Battery Ventures||51||36||27||37||58||25||17|
|Sameer Gandhi||Accel Partners||81||33||44||41||37||13||23|
|Scott Sandell||New Enterprise Associates||5||14||8||10||11||14||24|
|Marc Andreessen||Andreessen Horowitz||10||2||2||2||19||15||27|
|John Doerr||Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers||14||12||26||23||30||22||29|
|Josh Kopelman||First Round Capital||18||6||12||11||4||6||35|
|Aneel Bhusri||Greylock Partners||15||25||14||17||17||34||37|
|David Sze||Greylock Partners||9||4||10||16||27||31||38|
|David Weiden||Khosla Ventures||73||56||39||68||68||74||38|
|Fred Wilson||Union Square Ventures||12||20||16||15||18||29||42|
|Ron Conway||SV Angel||13||15||41||65||40||70||43|
|Rich Wong||Accel Partners||88||83||86||24||66||42||53|
|Jeremy Levine||Bessemer Venture Partners||20||10||9||19||28||23||54|
|Danny Rimer||Index Ventures||59||39||34||85||33||24||56|
|Todd Chaffee||Institutional Venture Partners||28||11||23||18||31||39||61|
|George Zachary||Charles River Ventures||48||31||40||40||72||51||62|
|Bijan Sabet||Spark Capital||99||57||51||32||59||66||89|
|Ted Schlein||Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers||85||71||37||62||99||80||90|
|Michael Moritz||Sequoia Capital||2||13||13||13||16||28||94|
|Reid Hoffman||Greylock Partners, LinkedIn||3||3||5||7||34||18||96|
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