14 Most Successful Entrepreneur Investors and Their Legacies

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    Every entrepreneur investor embarks on their journey to succeed and avoid losses. The most successful entrepreneur investors are ultimately those that know how to calculate risk, exploit opportunity, and empower others. It is by no accident the players in this category have reached the top of their game.

    As we examine the most successful entrepreneur investors, it’s also clear there’s no one-size-fits-all. Investing in businesses and tech companies all comes down to skill and expertise.

    Here are the fourteen successful entrepreneur investors:

    Investor #1: Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie is one of the most successful entrepreneur investors. He passed away in 1919 but he is one of the first angel investors in America. After having established the Carnegie Steel Company, he invested in car manufacturing, oil, messenger services, and more. In a day and age where it was very much still the ‘wild west’ in terms of what was legal and what wasn’t, Carnegie thrived where others failed.

    Investor #2: Andreas von Bechtolsheim

    Andreas von Bechtolsheim is a German investor and engineer, having built several tech firms, Internet companies, and networking services. Since the 1990s, he has been an angel investor. Bechtolsheim’s biggest hits include an early investment in Google, computer chips, digital hardware, computer games, cloud services, and Internet security.

    Investor #3: Bernard Arnault

    Bernard Arnault is one of the world’s richest businessmen and investors. He is known as the chief executive overseeing LVMH luxury goods but has additional investments in real estate, supermarket distribution, yachts, wines, and more. He continues to invest heavily in the high-end luxury goods market, fostering growth and wealth in a way no other person has.

     

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    Investor #4: Alexis Ohanian

    Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder of Reddit and has been thoroughly invested in various entrepreneurial start-ups in the past decade. His investments are predominantly in Internet services, travel, social enterprises, sports, and tech.

     

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    Investor #5: Bill Gates

    Bill Gates’ extended portfolio has raised billions in a wide variety of clean energy projects and tech start-ups. Though known for his philanthropy and involvement with Microsoft, at over $97 billion in value, Gates has been a key presence in the entrepreneur tech community for many years.

     

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    Investor #6: Fabrice Grinda

    Fabrice Grinda is a French entrepreneur who is one of the most highly skilled angel investors worldwide. He has made more than $300 million from investment exits and currently is involved with brands such as the Alibaba Group, Airbnb, Beepi, and others. There is no one better at spotting a developing market opportunity than Grinda.

     

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    Investor #7: Scott Banister

    Scott Banister is an angel investor who has played a role in creating paid search marketing, combating email spam, investing in voice-enabled devices, and having involvement in a range of high-value tech start-ups. His portfolio continues to expand alongside his wife who is a co-manager in his investments and funding of start-ups.

    Investor #8: Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey has been a key investor in media for over two decades, crafting an empire in production studios, advertising revenue, and investment in not only products but people and personalities as well. Consistently, Winfrey has thrived at knowing what to invest in with better selection in investments than perhaps anyone.

     

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    Investor #9: Richard Branson

    The face of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson, has been investing in entrepreneurs for years. Through airlines, radio, hotels, and various other companies, Branson has kept up with trends throughout the years. Most recently, he is known for his continued investment in green technologies, eco-friendly initiatives, and alternative energy sources.

     

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    Investor #10: Paul Buchheit

    Paul Buchheit is the computer engineer who founded Gmail and played a pivotal role in developing Google AdSense. In the past twenty years, he’s invested in several companies, including various tech startups and philanthropy organizations. Although Buchheit is not a highly publicized entrepreneur investor, he is a perfect example of someone who invests in the long game based off interests and market knowledge.

     

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    Investor #11: Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant is an Indian-American investor with a knack for identifying major growth opportunities. His past angel investments include Uber, FourSquare, Wish.com, Twitter, Yammer, Clearview AI, Postmates, and others. As a podcaster, Ravikant continues to share his views on entrepreneurship, and how to maximize one’s investment to create wealth for themselves and their families.

    Investor #12: Warren Buffet

    Warren Buffet is consistently held up as one of the world’s most successful investors. In fact, he might be the ‘most successful’. Buffet currently has investments in over 60 companies, worth billions. He is consistently looked at as the measuring stick in terms of what’s considered an investment that’s worth considering and what isn’t.

     

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    Investor #13: Wei Guo

    Wei Guo is one of China’s most successful entrepreneur investors with over 200 companies supported by his Wei Fund firm. Some of the areas he has focused his attention on include AI, Silicon Valley-favourited start-ups, and cross-border complementary products and services matching existing investments in his portfolio.

    Investor #14: Jeff Bezos

    Jeff Bezos was an angel investor in Google in 1998, has been a key figure in Uber and Airbnb investments, and has used his wealth derived from Amazon to put forth funding for a number of products. He continues to be on the lookout for start-ups that can potentially be inputted into Amazon’s massive global footprint to maximize exposure and derive wealth.

     

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