For a second year, we worked with The New York Times and used the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm to develop a data-driven ranking of the top venture capital partners. Here are the top 100.

For the second year in a row, we worked with The New York Times to identify and rank the top 100 venture capital professionals using the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm.

In a purely data-driven / algorithmic ranking, we used CB Insights data, gathered via our machine learning technology (dubbed The Cruncher), as well as via several thousand direct submissions from firms and individual professionals using The Editor.

The Investor Mosaic page walks through the factors considered in the algorithm in some detail but at a high-level, it considers several factors including:

  • An investor’s exits – the frequency/volume, size, and stage of entry
  • Network centrality – connectivity to other investors. Think of it as akin to Google Pagerank.
  • Illiquid portfolio company value – frequency, size, and stage of entry in high value (but un-exited) companies. Given relatively less weight as these are paper valuations.
  • Recency of performance – Our focus was on these metrics since 2008. As a result, we didn’t give a lot of credit to those who made glorious picks in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s. This is a ranking of today’s best VCs — not the best VCs in history.

Below is the full list of the 100 top venture capitalists. Among the top movers in 2017 are Founders Fund’s Brian Singerman, who moves up to 5th on this year’s list after the acquisition of Stemcentrx‘s for up to $10.2B and Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Ravi Mhatre, who ranks 6th after notching three $1B+ M&A or IPO exits including AppDynamics, MuleSoft, and Nutanix since September 2016.

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VC Partner Rankings
Rank Portrait Name Firm
1 billgurley Bill Gurley Benchmark
2 chrissacca Chris Sacca Lowercase Capital
3  Image result for jeff jordan a16z Jeffrey Jordan Andreessen Horowitz
4 AlfredLin46 Alfred Lin Sequoia Capital
5 Image result for brian singerman Brian Singerman Founders Fund
6 Mhatre.Ravi Ravi Mhatre Lightspeed Venture Partners
7 joshkopelman Josh Kopelman First Round Capital
8  fenton Peter Fenton Benchmark
9  neilshen Nanpeng (Neil) Shen Sequoia Capital (China)
10 steveanderson Steve Anderson Baseline Ventures
11 fredwilson Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures
12 Image result for kirsten green Kirsten Green Forerunner Ventures
13 60-JeremyLiew Jeremy Liew Lightspeed Venture Partners
14 68-NeerajAgrawal Neeraj Agrawal Battery Ventures
15 michaelmoritz Michael Moritz Sequoia Capital
16 dannyrimer Danny Rimer Index Ventures
17 aydinsenkut Aydin Senkut Felicis Ventures
18 AsheemChandna47 Asheem Chandna Greylock Partners
19 lasky.mitch Mitch Lasky Benchmark
20 marymeeker Mary Meeker Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
21 Image result for roelof botha Roelof Botha Sequoia Capital
22 peterthiel Peter Thiel Founders Fund
23 mikemaplesjr Michael Maples Jr. Floodgate
24  Image result for nabeel hyatt Nabeel Hyatt Spark Capital
25  rebeccalynn Rebecca Lynn Canvas Ventures
26 marcandreessen Marc Andreessen Andreessen Horowitz
27  Image result for matt cohler Matt Cohler Benchmark
28  57-PingLi Ping Li Accel
29  scottsandel Scott Sandell New Enterprise Associates
30  SalilDeshpande35 Salil Deshpande Bain Capital Ventures
31  davidsze David Sze Greylock Partners
32  Benhorowitz27 Ben Horowitz Andreessen Horowitz
33  BijanSabet Bijan Sabet Spark Capital
34  jennylee Jenny Lee GGV Capital
35 bradfeld Bradley Feld Foundry Group
36  sameerghandi Sameer Gandhi Accel
37 BryanRoberts30 Bryan Roberts Venrock
38  Image result for douglas leone Douglas Leone Sequoia Capital
39  PromodHaque32 Promod Haque Norwest Venture Partners
40  stein.josh Josh Stein Draper Fisher Jurvetson
41  SandyMiller37 Sandy Miller Institutional Venture Partners
42 Image result for carl gordon orbimed Carl Gordon OrbiMed Advisors
43  TheodoreSchlein39 Ted Schlein Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
44  RandyGlein38 Randy Glein DFJ Growth
45  sweeney.ryan Ryan Sweeney Accel
46  ByronDeeter43 Byron Deeter Bessemer Venture Partners
47  NavinChaddha45 Navin Chaddha Mayfield Fund
48  53-GeorgeZachary George Zachary CRV
49  MikeVolpi44 Mike Volpi Index Ventures
50 MichaelDearing50 Michael Dearing Harrison Metal
51  54-JeremyLevine Jeremy Levine Bessemer Venture Partners
52  Image result for reid hoffman Reid Hoffman Greylock Partners
53  67-HemantTaneja Hemant Taneja General Catalyst
54  Image result for jim breyer Jim Breyer Breyer Capital
55  Image result for david pakman venrock David Pakman Venrock
56  Dharmaraj.Satish Satish Dharmaraj Redpoint Ventures
57  YuriMilner33 Yuri Milner DST Global
58 Rich Wong Accel
59  Image result for stuart peterson artis Stuart Peterson Artis Ventures
60  Image result for robert nelsen arch venture partners Robert Nelsen ARCH Venture Partners
61  hamid.mamoon Mamoon Hamid Social Capital
62  Image result for shervin pishevar Shervin Pishevar Sherpa Capital
63  64-DavidWeiden David Weiden Khosla Ventures
64 Image result for aneel bhusri Aneel Bhusri Greylock Partners
65  65-AndrewBraccia Andrew Braccia Accel
66  Image result for jeff clavier Jeff Clavier SoftTech VC
67  ritter.gordon Gordon Ritter Emergence Capital Partners
68  rabois.keith Keith Rabois Khosla Ventures
69  74-MattMurphy Matt Murphy Menlo Ventures
70  Image result for ann winblad Ann Winblad Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
71 59-JaiDas Jai Das Sapphire Ventures
72 70-AnnLamont Ann Lamont Oak HC/FT
73 Image result for matt mcilwain Matt McIlwain Madrona Venture Group
74  seidenberg.beth Beth Seidenberg Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
75 55-DavidCowan David Cowan Bessemer Venture Partners
76 Image result for hans tung Hans Tung GGV Capital
77  Related image Tony Florence New Enterprise Associates
78 Image result for daniel ciporin Daniel Ciporin Canaan Partners
79 Related image Young Guo IDG Capital Partners
80 CharlesMoldow48 Charles Moldow Foundation Capital
81 Image result for jon callaghan Jon Callaghan True Ventures
82 hurstlin26 Hurst Lin DCM Ventures
83 crowe.jeff Jeff Crowe Norwest Venture Partners
84  69-JohnDoerr John Doerr Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
85 hayes.rob Rob Hayes First Round Capital
86 cutler.joel Joel Cutler General Catalyst Partners
87 Image result for scott friend Scott Friend Bain Capital Ventures
88  Jani.Amish Amish Jani FirstMark Capital
89 71-RoryODriscoll Rory O’Driscoll Scale Venture Partners
90 schrier Bryan Schreier Sequoia Capital
91 Image result for gaurav garg Gaurav Garg Wing Venture Capital
92 Image result for david chao dcm David Chao DCM Ventures
93 JonathanSilverstein40 Jonathan Silverstein OrbiMed Advisors
94 Image result for joe lonsdale Joe Lonsdale 8VC
95 51-AmirNashat Amir Nashat Polaris Partners
96 Ganesan.Venky Venky Ganesan Menlo Ventures
97 Image result for todd chaffee Todd Chaffee Institutional Venture Partners
98 Image result for kevin comolli Kevin Comolli Accel
99 Image result for woody marshall tcv Woody Marshall TCV
100 Image result for niklas zennstrom Niklas Zennström Atomico


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  • Jason Martin

    Here’s a Twitter list with the majority of those listed above

  • Arun

    While two folks from Khosla Ventures are on the list, founder Vinod Khosla himself isn’t?

  • bogs94

    Great list; thank you!

    Purely anecdotally, cognizant that is anathema to CB Insights, but VCs on this list don’t seem to be named after the founder(s) nearly as much as occurs in the hedge fund world.