Who are some of the best investors in modern time? Some of our favorites include:
Warren Buffet, who made billions for the owners of Berkshire Hathaway stock.
Donald T. "Don" Valentine, concentrated mainly on technology companies in the USA and has been called the "grandfather of Silicon Valley VC". The Computer History Museum credited him as playing "a key role in the formation of a number of industries such as semiconductors, personal computers, personal computer software, digital entertainment and networking."
John Doerr, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers that has directed venture capital funding to some of the most successful technology companies in the world including Compaq, Netscape, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, drugstore.com, Amazon.com, Intuit, Macromedia, and Google.
Preceding these successful investors, there was also an investor group called the London Merchant Adventurers. The London Merchant Adventurers? How can group from 1555 be even mentioned in the same breathe as the iconic Warren Buffet or the sage, Valentine?
A deeper look into their activities shows that they should, indeed, NOT be mentioned alongside these other, more well-known, investors. The London Merchant Adventurers were a group of 70 people, mostly merchants, in London who made only ONE notable investment. There are no records of the financial results of their investment although it has been said that after a considerable amount of time, the investors got their money back - but apparently no large profit. It appears they had a problem focusing on their financial objective because they allowed other, more altruistic, motives their decision to invest. Also, the risk they were taking in relation to the potential return was extremely high.
Well, on second thought, maybe history will be somewhat forgiving toward the London Merchant Adventurers, since it was their financial capital that backed a small, ill-equipped, starry-eyed, band of wanderers known to history as ... the Pilgrims. The results of their investment ... a country called the United States of America.
Investors DO matter!