Top 50 “Business Angels”, according to their investments and their success

Who are the top 50 largest business angels right now? How to contact them?

Good and effective fundraising for a start-up does not stop with the number of people and companies you can count on. It’s about meeting the right investors and having a solid pitch. A recent DocSend survey found that successful funded startups approached just 58 investors on average, held 40 meetings, and took just 12.5 weeks to complete their fundraising round.

Once you know who to contact, it’s time to perfect your pitch. For a great pitch, check out the template created by Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel. Thiel was Facebook’s first business angel with a check for $500,000, which turned into more than $1 billion in cash. Another example is the pitch of an Uber competitor, which raised more than $400 million.

To get started, below are the best business angels to contact, with links to their LinkedIn profiles, to save you time. According to Crunchbase data below, here are the top 50 business angels, ranked by number of investments made.

To make this work, I recommend finding one of these investors’ portfolio companies and asking the founder to introduce you. It is the best presentation you can have because it involves the highest degree of social connection with these investors.

1) Fabrice Grinda (245 investments)

2) Paul Buchheit (135 investments)

3) Wei Guo (129 investments)

4) Alexis Ohanian (126 investments)

5) Scott handrail (126 investments)

6) Marine Ravikant (121 investments)

7) Daniel Curran (114 investments)

8) Marc Benioff (113 investments)

9) Mark Cuban (110 investments)

10) Simon Murdoch (99 Investments)

11) Ron Conway (89 investments)

12) Esther Dyson (86 investments)

13) Kevin Moore (85 investments)

14) David Tisch (83 investments)

15) Dave McClure (79 Investments)

16) Semil Shah (74 investments)

17) Max Levchin (72 investments)

18) Jason Calacanis (72 Investments)

19) Benjamin Ling (70 investments)

20) Brendan Wallace (67 investments)

21) Tim Draper (66 investments)

22) James Sowers (65 investments)

23) Auren Hoffman (65 investments)

24) Lee Linden (64 investments)

25) Joanne Wilson (63 investments)

26) Farzad Nazem (60 investments)

27) Joshua Schachter (59 investments)

28) Garry Tan (59 Investments)

29) Rajan Anandan (57 investments)

30) Xavier Niel (57 investments)

31) Dave Morin (57 investments)

32) Jose Marin (57 investments)

33) Reid Hoffman (55 investments)

34) Keith Rabois (55 investments)

35) Will Herman (55 investments)

36) Scott Belsky (53 investments)

37) Rick Marini (53 investments)

38) Charlie Songhurst (52 investments)

39) Hesham Zreik (52 investments)

40) Bashar Hamood (52 investments)

41) Brad Harrison (51 investments)

42) Gary Vaynerchuk (50 Investments)

43) Clark Landry (50 investments)

44) Wayne Chang (50 investments)

45) Dharmesh Shah (50 investments)

46) Mitchell Kapor (50 investments)

47) Ullas Naik (48 investments)

48) Raymond Tonsing (48 investments)

49) Kevin Mahaffey (48 investments)

50) Elad Gil (45 investments)

The best business angels, by market

We all know that venture capital can be tricky. The best selling points and the best timelines are not always in view when the financing takes place. Some of the largest start-ups, with valuations in the billions of dollars, have continued to raise funds in new rounds, without selling and/or going public. And it can turn out to be one of the best long-term investments. However, it is important for entrepreneurs to know which potential partners have had real success.

Here are the top five business angels, in descending order:

  1. Fabrice Grinda (48)
  2. Ron Conway (48)
  3. Navy Ravikant (38)
  4. Paul Buchheit (37)
  5. David Tish (35)

Ron Conway and Reid Hoffman also have a success rate of over 50% based on the number of investments they have made.

Check sizes and branches

Business angels invest their own agent, and the typical amount is between $150,000 and $2,000,000. Since these business angels often hold important and often decision-making positions in large companies, they can be very good advisors and help you pitch and introduce you to investors, as well as bring you money.

A Harvard study has found that start-ups funded by business angels have a greater chance of survival. As we can see from the names mentioned above, most of them are indeed successful entrepreneurs.

What business angels are looking for is a great team and a good market that can recoup 10 times the initial investment, over a period of 5 years. Liquidity events usually occur through an IPO, secondary market transactions or an acquisition.

According to a Halo report, business angels particularly like start-ups operating in the following sectors: Internet (37.4%), healthcare and health (23.5%), mobile and telecommunications (10.4%), energy and utilities (4.3%), electronics (4.3%), consumer products and services (3.5%) and other industries (16.5%).

Data collected by the Kauffman Foundation further shows that the best estimate of the return of business angels is 2.5 times their investment, even though the probability of a positive return is less than 50%. That remains absolutely competitive with returns on venture capital.

Silicon Valley is the dominant geographic area when it comes to business angel numbers, but Silicon Alley is quickly catching up.

“Silicon Alley is an East Coast counterpart to Silicon Valley, located in the heart of Manhattan. It is a technology park with companies specializing in the Internet, media, publishing and advertising.Note).


Ultimately, as a founder, you want to meet investors in the best possible network. Good relationships indeed count as one of the most important factors, as a start-up. If you can get money and connections at the same time, it can only benefit you.

Trust, power, good connections, it can take years and a significant investment. But sometimes the right connection at the right time is just what makes a startup huge very quickly.

It’s the same concept as celebrity notes. If the right celebrity advertises and recommends your product to the right people, your business can explode. Of course, most young start-ups can’t afford endorsements from celebrities or big brands like Nike or Adidas, at least not in a sustainable way.

Increasing your capital through an investor with good relationships, on the other hand, distorts this comparison. You are indeed paid to do a PhD. This isn’t just about celebrity product placement, it can also be about incredibly powerful broadcast channels.

Connected investors can always open doors for you in financing rounds, business development deals and potential acquisitions.

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