The Forbes Midas list is the annual ranking by Forbes magazine of the most influential and best-performing venture capital investors. Described by Kara Swisher as the "Oscars for venture capitalists in tech,"[1] the Midas List uses parameters that include the first-day market capitalization of IPOs and the opinions of a panel of experts.[2]

The name alludes to the mythological King Midas, renowned for his ability to turn anything he touched into gold. Forbes partnered with venture capital fund TrueBridge Capital Partners to create the list from 2011 to 2016.[3][4][5][6]

Midas List Top 30, 2023


According to Forbes, the top 30 venture capitalists in 2023 are as follows:[7]

Rank Name Firm Notable Deal Headquarters
1 Neil Shen Sequoia China ByteDance Hong Kong
2 Micky Malka Ribbit Capital Coinbase Menlo Park
3 Alfred Lin Sequoia Citadel Securities San Francisco
4 Richard Liu 5Y Capital Xiaomi Hong Kong
5 Navin Chaddha Mayfield Fund HashiCorp Saratoga, California
6 Garry Tan Y Combinator Coinbase San Francisco
7 Zhen Zhang Gaorong Capital Pinduoduo Beijing
8 Lee Fixel Addition Freshworks New York City
9 Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures Coinbase New York City
10 Hans Tung GGV Capital Airbnb San Francisco
11 David Frankel Founder Collective Coupang Cambridge, Massachusetts
12 Sameer Gandhi Accel Freshworks San Francisco
13 Mike Speiser Sutter Hill Ventures Snowflake London
14 Reid Hoffman Greylock Airbnb Palo Alto
15 Satish Dharmaraj Redpoint Ventures Cockroach Saratoga, California
16 Danny Rimer Index Ventures Figma London
17 Eric Vishria Benchmark Confluent Atherton, California
18 Jan Hammer Index Ventures Adyen London
19 Luciana Lixandru Sequoia UiPath London
20 Scott Shleifer Tiger Global Management Upstox New York City
21 Pejman Nozad Pear VC DoorDash Atherton, California
22 Saar Gur CRV DoorDash Palo Alto
23 Ben Sun Primary Venture Partners Coupang New York City
24 Peter Fenton Benchmark Airtable San Francisco
25 Chris Dixon Andreessen Horowitz Coinbase Menlo Park
26 Mar Hershenson Pear VC DoorDash Los Altos, California
27 Roelof Botha Sequoia Unity Software Menlo Park
28 Anna Fang ZhenFund Xiaohongshu Beijing
29 Murat Bicer CRV Datadog Atherton, California
30 Mike Volpi Index Ventures Confluent Woodside, California


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  3. ^ Perlroth, Nicole. "Midas: The Methodology -". Forbes.
  4. ^ Geron, Tomio (May 2, 2012). "Midas 2012: The Methodology - Forbes". Forbes.
  5. ^ Geron, Tomio (May 8, 2013). "Midas 2013: The Methodology - Forbes". Forbes.
  6. ^ Konrad, Alex. "The Top 10 Venture Capital Investors In The World: Midas List 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Midas List 2023". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-06-19.