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Here are the best represented firms and countries on this year’s Midas 100

Forbes and TrueBridge’s annual Midas 100 is a list of the top dealmakers in venture capital that pulls in data from firms all around the world. But which countries and firms make the list more often than others? And which firm has the most partners out of anyone else on the list this year?

First, a little bit about how the Midas 100 is determined: the selection process for the Midas 100 is based on a number of factors. Forbes pulls in M&A and IPO data from companies across China, Europe, India, Israel, and the United States, and also accepts submissions of VC firms. In addition to these data points, Forbes and TrueBridge also draws from their own “additional data sources” to help determine the list.

In 2014, Forbes revealed that private companies are also a part of the consideration process. With the growing trend of unicorns and other highly valued private companies, Forbes’ Alex Konrad said it would be, “as blind to ignore those companies as it would be to pretend that money is a sure thing for investors.” For this reason, private companies are discounted in Forbes’ model for compiling the list but they still count for something, which introduces a whole new dynamic into the process.

With that in mind, we wondered were there some countries or firms that were better represented on the list than others. Were you more or less likely to make the list if you were at a specific firm or investing in a particular market?

Last year, the top firm was Sequoia Capital, which topped the list with nine named partners across multiple branches of the firm. Hot on Sequoia’s heels is Accel Parters, with seven partners named on the 2017 Midas 100. Rounding out the top five were Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners. Andreessen Horowitz and Benchmark Capital had four partners each make the list, and Bessemer Venture Partners had three.

Here’s the list of Midas 100 firms in descending order (click on any name to learn more):

  1. Sequoia Capital
  2. Accel Partners
  3. Andreessen Horowitz
  4. Benchmark Capital
  5. Bessemer Venture Partners
  6. First Round Capital
  7. Founders Fund
  8. Greylock Partners
  9. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  10. Lightspeed Venture Partners
  12. General Catalyst Partners
  13. IDG Capital Partners
  14. Insight Venture Partners
  15. Institutional Venture Partners
  16. New Enterprise Associates
  17. Norwest Venture Partners
  18. OrbiMed Advisors
  19. Tiger Global
  20. 500 Startups
  21. 8VC, formerly Eight Partners
  22. ARCH Venture Partners
  23. ARTIS Ventures
  24. Bain Capital Ventures / Bay Partners
  25. Baseline Ventures
  26. Battery Ventures
  27. Breyer Capital, formerly Accel Partners
  28. Canvas Venture Fund
  29. Charles River Ventures
  30. DCM
  31. Digital Sky Technologies
  32. Emergence Capital Partners
  33. Felicis Ventures
  34. Forerunner Ventures
  35. Foresite Capital
  36. Foundation Capital
  37. Founder Collective
  38. General Atlantic
  39. General Catalyst
  40. GGV Capital
  41. Greylock Partners, LinkedIn
  42. GSR Ventures
  43. Index Ventures
  44. Khosla Ventures
  45. Lowercase Capital
  46. Mayfield Fund
  47. Meritech Capital Partners
  48. Qiming Venture Partners/GGV Capital
  49. Redpoint Ventures
  50. Sherpa Ventures
  51. SoftTech VC
  52. Spark Capital
  53. SV Angel
  54. The Social+Capital Partnership
  55. Union Square Ventures
  56. Venrock
  57. Wing Ventures
  58. Zhenfund

In terms of geographies, the United States was the most well represented among Midas 100 partners with 88% of partners residing in the USA. In second was China, with 9% of entrants. Hong Kong, Russia, and the UK are bringing up the rear with 1% each. Check out the map below to see the geographic distribution of the Midas 100.

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