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The top 20 venture capitalists worldwide

Kirsten Green, Bill Gurley, Jeremy Liew and Mary Meeker.
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Kirsten Green, Bill Gurley, Jeremy Liew and Mary Meeker.

Which 20 venture capitalists — the investors who unearth the tiny start-ups that turn into tomorrow's behemoths — are on the winningest streaks?

To identify today's top venture investors, CB Insights, a research firm that follows the venture capital industry, produced a data-driven list.

To compile it, CB Insights looked at factors such as connectedness, since people with access to the best information hear about hot companies first; and exits, meaning the returns after a start-up is sold or goes public.Investments in start-ups with valuations of $1 billion or more, called unicorns, were also taken into account. The data span 2009 through this March.

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CB Insights' list highlights the top 50 venture capitalists. We included the top 20, along with a selection of their deals.

  1. Bill Gurley - Benchmark
    Got a payday from: GrubHub, OpenTable, Zillow

    Notable current investments: Uber, Stitch Fix, Nextdoor

  2. Chris Sacca - Lowercase Capital

    Got a payday from: Twilio, Twitter

    Notable current investments: Stripe, Uber

  3. Jeff Jordan - Andreessen Horowitz

    Got a payday from: Tilt

    Notable current investments: Airbnb, Instacart, Pinterest, OfferUp

  4. Alfred Lin - Sequoia Capital

    Got a payday from: FutureAdvisor

    Notable current investments: Airbnb, Houzz, Doordash, Uber

  5. Brian Singerman - Founders Fund

    Got a payday from: Stemcentrx

    Notable current investments: Oscar Health, Stripe, Wish

  6. Ravi Mhatre - Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Got a payday from: AppDynamics, Mulesoft, Nutanix

    Notable current investments: Clever, Stitch Fix, Thoughtspot

  7. Josh Kopelman - First Round Capital

    Got a payday from: Bazaarvoice, OnDeck Capital

    Notable current investments: AppNexus, Clover Health, Flatiron Health

  8. Peter Fenton - Benchmark

    Got a payday from: New Relic, Quip, Twitter, Zendesk

    Notable current investments: Docker, Elastic, Zuora

  9. Neil Shen - Sequoia Capital (China)

    Got a payday from: Vipshop, Betta Pharma

    Notable current investments: Meituan, DJI, Toutiao

  10. Steve Anderson - Baseline Ventures

    Got a payday from: Instagram, ExactTarget

    Notable current investments: SoFi, Stitch Fix, Machine Zone

  11. Fred Wilson - Union Square Ventures

    Got a payday from: Twitter, Etsy

    Notable current investments: Coinbase

  12. Kirsten Green - Forerunner Ventures

    Got a payday from: Dollar Shave Club, Jet.com

    Notable current investments: Warby Parker, Bonobos

  13. Jeremy Liew - Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Got a payday from: Snap

    Notable current investments: Affirm, Giphy, The Honest Company

  14. Neeraj Agrawal - Battery Ventures

    Got a payday from: AppDynamics, Brightree, Coupa Software, Nutanix

    Notable current investments: Glassdoor, Sprinklr

  15. Michael Moritz - Sequoia Capital

    Got a payday from: Zappos, LinkedIn

    Notable current investments: Stripe, Instacart

  16. Danny Rimer - Index Ventures

    Got a payday from: Etsy, King Digital

    Notable current investments: Dropbox, Farfetch, Viagogo

  17. Aydin Senkut - Felicis Ventures

    Got a payday from: Shopify, Fitbit

    Notable current investments: Adyen, Credit Karma

  18. Asheem Chandna - Greylock Partners

    Got a payday from: AppDynamics, Arista Networks

    Notable current investments: Innovium, Rubrik, Skyhigh Networks

  19. Mitch Lasky - Benchmark

    Got a payday from: Gaikai, NaturalMotion, Snap

    Notable current investments: Discord

  20. Mary Meeker - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Got a payday from: Lending Club, Square, Snap, JD.com

    Notable current investments: DocuSign, Spotify, Instacart, Houzz

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.