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Roelof F. Botha[2] (born 19 September 1973[1]) is a venture capitalist and company director. By training, he is a qualified actuary.

Roelof Botha
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Roelof Botha, September 2010
Born19 September 1973 (1973-09-19) (age 46)[1]
Pretoria, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town
Stanford Graduate School of Business
OccupationVenture capitalist
Known forCFO of PayPal

Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Bird, Ethos, Mahalo, Natera, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Weebly, Unity, Whisper and Xoom. He also works with 10gen, AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, Mixpanel and MuSigma.[3] He previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google.

On Forbes' Midas List, an annual ranking of venture capital professionals, he ranked 22nd in 2008[4] and 26th in 2009.[5] He is a regular member of the Midas List and has continued to move up the ranks to #14 in 2018.[6]

Education and careerEdit

Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and at the age of six he moved to Cape Town with his parents. He was raised in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, and attended Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Botha earned a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1996 with the highest GPA in the history of the program. Botha worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., Johannesburg, from August 1996 through June 1998. He then moved to the United States, where he attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business from 1998 through 2000 and received an MBA, where he was the Henry Ford II Scholar as Stanford GSB valedictorian.

In 2000, prior to his graduation from Stanford, Botha became director of corporate development for PayPal. He moved on to vice-president of finance and was named CFO in September 2001. Botha was 28 when PayPal went public in February 2002. The company was purchased by eBay in October 2002. Botha left to join Sequoia Capital in January 2003.[7][8][9]

At Sequoia, Botha oversaw the firm's investment in YouTube, Instagram, and Square, among others.[10][11] He also helped to plan the acquisition of Xoom by PayPal.[10] In 2017, Botha took over lead responsibility for Sequoia's US operations from Jim Goetz.[12]


Botha's father, also named Roelof, is an economist.[8][13] His grandfather was Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha,[8] a South African politician who served as the country's foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. His uncle was the rock musician Piet Botha.


  1. ^ a b Roelof Frederik Botha (b. 19 September 1973)
  2. ^ "EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Roelof F. Botha". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ Roelof Botha profile. Sequoia Capital.
  4. ^ "#22 Roelof Botha", Midas List 2008, 24 January 2008[dead link]
  5. ^ "#26 Roelof Botha", Midas List 2009, 29 January 2009
  6. ^ "Roelof Botha". Forbes. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ Brown, Erika (12 February 2007). "The Art of Selling Out". Forbes.
  8. ^ a b c McLeod, Duncan (14 December 2007). "Roelef Botha: Hi-tech market mover". Financial Mail. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Roelof Botha profile". Sequoia Capital. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Roelof Botha". Forbes. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. ^ de la Merced, Michael (31 January 2017). "Sequoia Capital Reshuffles Leadership". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  12. ^ Loizos, Connie (31 January 2017). "Sequoia Capital has quietly announced a leadership change-up, with partner Jim Goetz taking a step back". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  13. ^ Dr. Roelof Botha

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