Top 10 venture capital firms in the global economy


The name “Venture capital” is a common term heard in the world of startups and businesses today. The term refers to a type of private equity and financing provided by investors and directed to startups and small businesses that are believed to have a long-term and rapid growth potential. Historically, venture capital and private equity officially began in 1946 with the establishment of the first set of venture capital firms. Georges Doriot, a former dean of Harvard Business School and founder of INSEAD (one of the first venture capitals) was touted as the “father of venture capitalism”. His contributions as well as many others are the foundation on which venture capital stands today.

Taking a country-wise perspective on the global operations of venture capitals today, it is revealed that not all economies of the world are up to speed on this fast-rising revolution. Further research showing the top countries possessing the most venture capital operations can be seen below.

Data Source: World Economic Forum

The chart above conclusively displays the position occupied by top countries in the venture capital sector of the economy. Cutting to the chase, we take a look at the world-leading firms in the venture capital industry today.

Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital is a world-leading VC firm dedicated to providing finance and support to healthcare, energy, financial, internet, enterprise and mobile startups of the world. The firm aids a little number of courageous founders in establishing legendary organizations. Sequoia guides them in pushing against barriers and achieving the impossible. 


Founder: Don Valentine

Date of Incorporation: November 1, 1972

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Funds: 29

Total Fund Raised: US $19 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,438

Accel Partners

Accel is an early-stage VC firm that empowers the global society of entrepreneurs. The firm selects entrepreneurs to invest in based on notable characteristics and passion for establishing a world-class category-defining business. Accel possesses over 3 decades of experience as a venture capital firm establishing and supporting various startups from initial concept to IPOs and beyond. Some of the companies invested in by Accel include Facebook, Dropbox, Spotify, Slack, Flipkart, Cloudera, Braintree and many more.


Founders: Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz

Date of Incorporation: 1983

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Number of Funds: 29

Total Fund Raised: US $12.9 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,514

New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

New Enterprise Associates is a globally-recognized VC firm that invests mainly in healthcare and technology. The firm is focused on helping entrepreneurs establish transformational enterprises across multiple sectors, geographies and stages. NEA invests in healthcare and technology startups at all stages in the business cycle, from seed to IPO. The firm has an impressive record of over 360 acquisitions and over 210 portfolio startup IPOs.


Founders: Chuck Newhall, Frank A. Bonsal and Jr., Richard Kramlich

Date of Incorporation: January 1, 1977

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Funds: 13

Total Fund Raised: US $18.4 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,892

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz is a world-renowned VC firm having over US $2.7 billion under administration, providing backing and support to startups from seed to growth. The firm invests in several stages of a startup’s lifecycle such as seed, early-stage, mid-stage, growth and late-stage. Andreessen Horowitz, while not limited to a particular industry, prefers to invest in the tech and social media sector. The company especially focuses on software, back-end framework, and internet startups branching into various industries including healthcare, biotech, electronics, SaaS and many more.


Founders: Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen

Date of Incorporation: June 2009

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Funds: 19

Total Fund Raised: US $15.6 Billion

Number of Investments: 882

Intel Capital 

Intel Capital is a world-known VC firm that invests in tech startups seeking to change the world with cutting-edge innovations and technologies. The company especially targets startups engaged in cybersecurity, client & gaming, 5G, enterprise applications, artificial intelligence, cloud infrastructures, autonomy, silicon design and manufacturing.


Founders: Les Vadasz and Avram Miller

Date of Incorporation: 1991

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States

Number of Funds: N/A

Total Fund Raised: US $12.9 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,582

Kleiner Perkins 

Kleiner Perkins is a high-profile VC firm that specializes in supporting incubation, early-stage startups and growth companies. Just like many others, Kleiner Perkins invests in startups that present bold and daring business ideas spanning industries and continents. The company collaborates with these startups from inception all through to IPO and beyond in order to fully maximize the potential of their ideas. The firm invests in the healthcare, life science and digital industries.


Founders: Brook Byers, Eugene Kleiner, Frank Caufield and Tom Perkins

Date of Incorporation: March 1, 1972

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Funds: 18

Total Fund Raised: US $5.9 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,218

Bessemer Venture Partners

Bessemer Venture Partners is a VC firm that provides investment to healthcare, enterprise and consumer startups all over the world from seed to growth. The company works together with its partners in ensuring a solid foundation for founders, beginning with seed and series A investments, guiding them every step of the way. Some of their early-backed startups include Pinterest, Blue Apron, Twitch, Skype and Skybox Imaging. BVP also participated in over 117 IPOs including Shopify, Wix, Yelp, LinkedIn and Twilio.


Founder: Henry Phipps

Date of Incorporation: 1911

Headquarters: Redwood City, California, United States

Number of Funds: 8

Total Fund Raised: US $5.9 Billion

Number of Investments: 1,046

Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures is a high-profile VC firm that deals with startups engaged in internet, silicon tech, computing, mobile and environmentally friendly tech. They provide strategic advice and venture assistance to entrepreneurs developing cutting-edge technologies. Having over US $5 Billion under administration, the firm invests in a wide range of industries including financial services, education, health, robotics, sustainable energy agriculture, food, semiconductors, consumer and enterprise.


Founder: Vinod Khosla

Date of Incorporation: January 1, 2004

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

Number of Funds: 10

Total Fund Raised: US $2.9 Billion

Number of Investments: 853

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a multinational VC firm and investment bank providing securities, management services and investment banking. The company directs their services towards corporations, governments, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals globally. Goldman Sachs’s investment and lending platform offers long-term loans, invests in real estate, debt securities and private equity securities. They also provide wealth advisory services, brokerage, financial counseling, portfolio management and other investment management services.


Founders: Marcus Goldman and Samuel Sachs

Date of Incorporation: January 1, 1869

Headquarters: New York, United States

Number of Funds: 7

Total Fund Raised: US $18.1 Billion

Number of Investments: 798

ZhenFund is a China-based VC firm that invests in healthcare, education and TMT startups among others. The company currently focuses on seed stage startups and possesses over US $1 Billion under administration. Zhenfund is the current leader of China’s early stage venture capital market and is quickly expanding its US branch. The firm has over 750 high-growth companies some of which includes Urwork, Hero Entertainment, VIPKID, RED, 17zuoye and OFO. Their ultimate mission is to provide support to, inspire and guide future generations of global entrepreneurs.


Founders: Bob Xiaoping Xu and Victor Wang

Date of Incorporation: December 14, 2011

Headquarters: Beijing, China

Number of Funds: 17

Total Fund Raised: US $1 Billion

Number of Investments: 688

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Stephen conducts business research and writes about the startup ecosystem on VCBay. He is a 3rd-year Business administration student from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, specializing in all things business and technology.


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