The world of startups would not work without angel investors. These are rich individuals who invest their personal funds into early-stage businesses because they believe in their potential. The actual term “angel investor” is a play on the terminology of heavenly bodies; these people don’t always come from heaven, but they are choosing to invest in companies in their early stages.
List of Top 12 Angel Investors in the World
1. Alexander Chesterman
43 Investment till now Mr. Alexander Chesterman is the Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer & Board Member at Cazoo. He is also the Founder and serves as a Board Member of Zoopla. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Zoopla. Prior to that, he co-founded LoveFilm, which was successfully sold to Amazon in 2010. He is also one of the UK’s most active angel investors having backed dozens of companies across a variety of sectors including software and app development companies, media, and entertainment.
Recent Investments by Alexander Chesterman
2. Alexis Kerry Ohanian
Born on April 24, 1983 is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He, along with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz, founded the social news website Reddit, which transformed the way the internet opened up a conversation and shared information.
He was a co-founder of the online storage service Hipmunk, which was sold to SoundCloud in 2016 for $1.2 billion. Alexis was also the lead developer on Tumblr before setting up shop at Reddit in October of 2005. He also co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital, helped launch the travel search website Hipmunk, and started the social enterprise Breadpig. He was also a partner at Y Combinator.
In 2012, Andy Greenberg of Forbes magazine dubbed him “Mayor of the Internet”. Ohanian is based in Florida, where he lives with his wife, professional tennis player, 23 time grand slam champion and 4 time Olympic gold medalist, Serena Williams, and their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Harvey and Nancy Snyder Ohanian. He has two brothers, Max and Alex. While he was a child, his family struggled with financial challenges and he was forced to move frequently. His mother worked multiple jobs to support the family. In 1991, Alexis started the blog r/IAmA; it was later renamed to /r/IAmA after its owner, Scott Kelby, asked for a more anonymous platform. He answered questions posted by readers of r/IAmA under the username Purpleandy.
Recent Investments by Alexis Kerry Ohanian
3. Amos Ben-Meir
He is passionate about technology, business, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem as it relates to start-ups, venture capital, and angel investing. As an active angel/venture investor and a member of Sand Hill angels. I look to invest and work with great founding teams that are harnessing cutting-edge technology to deliver great products and services and that will result in significant outcomes to all stakeholders.
Prior to my angel/venture investing career, I was involved in 6 startups where I was either an early employee or founder, 4 of which had exited, and 2 that shut down. This experience in the start-up world is what has driven me to stay involved in the San Francisco Bay Area start-up ecosystem as an investor in start-ups as well as an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs.
Since 2012, my startup investment portfolio has grown to more than 200 portfolio companies. A complete and up to date list of my investments can be found on my profile page on the Angel List website: https://angel.co/abenmeir-me-com.
Amos has over 20 years of experience in Semiconductor, Systems and EDA Industries. Amos is a Semiconductor Industry Executive at TeleSoft Partners. He was recently a Director of Engineering at Agami Systems Inc, a Network Attached Storage Company. Previously, Amos was Interim Vice President of Engineering at Xambala, a Semantic Processing company developing semiconductors and corresponding sub-systems. He was Director of ASIC Engineering at Redback Networks (by way of Siara Systems acquisition). At Redback/Siara, Amos led the ASIC Design Group.
This Group was responsible for designing and implementing high-performance Processor and Communication devices. Before joining Redback/Siara, Amos was the Director of the K6 Product Line at AMD (by way of NexGen Microsystems acquisition).
At AMD/NexGen, Amos helped lead the K6 effort from initial concept to first production, and then through its derivative product cycle. Prior to AMD/NexGen, Amos held various Processor Design and Development positions at National Semiconductor, LSI Logic and Tera Microsystems. Amos has served on the Advisory Boards of Aarhoi Networks (prior to its acquisition by Emulex) and VxTel (prior to its acquisition by Intel).
Recent Investments by Amos Ben-Meir
4. Dr. Ritesh Malik
He is recognized as India’s leading angel investor with an extensive track record of investments in tech startups and sustainable business models. He loves meeting new people and has a heart of gold, Honored at the Forbes 30 under 30 lists. I often ask entrepreneurs – What do you want to build. And nothing frustrates me more when they say a ‘$1 billion company’. The focus should always be about creating value, not valuations. Dr. Ritesh Malik Known for his dedication to helping others.
Dr. Ritesh Malik has always strived to be there for everyone. He always helped not only startup founders, but their families with personal issues, physical, financial issues. He’s known as a professional who truly cares about the people around him. His entire family is known for selfless care during hard times.
Recent Investments By Ritesh Malik
5. Auren Hoffman
There are a lot of angel investors out there as some invest in startups and others in established companies. Auren Hoffman, the CEO of LiveRamp, one of the biggest angel investors on the planet.
Therefore, some of Hoffman’s investments include: Aardvark (search engine) (sold to Google), BackTweets by Backtype (sold to Twitter), Blip.tv, BrightRoll,Chomp (search engine) (sold to Apple), CrowdFlower, Flowtown (sold to Demandforce which was sold to Intuit), Founders Fund, LabPixies (sold to Google), Meebo (sold to Google), MerchantCircle (sold to Reply.com), mob.ly (sold to GroupOn), Pingboard, Scopely, Thumbtack (website), Zoom Systems.
Recent Investments By Auren Hoffman
He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 Midas Lists. He was also named among the New York Times’ Top 20 Venture Capital investors in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Hence, Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Adyen, Shopify, Pluralsight, Credit Karma, Fitbit, Rovio, Meraki, Guardant Health, and Soundhound.
He was the first Product Manager at Google before starting Felicis Ventures. More recent focus areas include HR, security, longevity, mental health & AI-powered vertical solutions. He’s an avid pilot, skier, and tennis player.
Specialties: Angel Investing, Early Stage Funding Syndication, Product Management, International Sales & Business Development, Venture Capital, Strategy Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products, and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for worldwide licensing deals.
Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Recent Investments by Aydin
7. Dave McClure
He has been an active investor in Silicon Valley For over 25 years. Forbes, named him as one of the top VCs in the world in 2016 and 2017 (Forbes Midas List). Before 500 Startups, Dave worked at Founders Fund and PayPal. He completed his graduations from the Johns Hopkins University.
As the founder of a VC firm, which has invested more than $1B in companies around the world, I’m often asked, “What is the secret of success for all these early-stage companies?” My answer is simple. It always comes down to executing your strategy and knowing how to allocate your time, energy, and capital strategically. Everyone likes to become an early-stage startup founder. But the way to truly be successful is to follow your instincts and put your best foot forward every single day.
Recent Investments by Dave McClure
8. Naval Ravikant
He is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. Prior to that, he was an early investor in Facebook and he co-founded the investment company Epinions. He has also been an investor in 200 startups including Uber, FourSquare, Twitter, Wish.com, Poshmark, Postmates, Thumbtack, Notion, SnapLogic, Opendoor, Clubhouse, Stack Overflow, OpenDNS, Yammer, and Clearview AI, with over 70 total exits and more than 10 Unicorn companies.
Recent Investments by Naval Ravikant
9. Mark Cuban
He is an angel investor and entrepreneur. He is one of the most successful businessmen in the world, with a net worth estimated at $3 billion. However, he is famous in the media as the head of the Shark Tank show on ABC.
Cuban has invested in more than 100 companies including companies such as FUBU, Planet Hollywood, ITT, and Landry’s. His net worth grew from $300 million when he was 15 to $4 billion today. His company, Horizons Ventures, is a billion-dollar venture capital fund. It is focused on early-stage technologies under the 5 categories of industries i.e., consumer products, vertical technology, linear technology, health care, and media/entertainment.
Recent Investments by Mark Cuban
10. Simon Murdoch
He is a UK-based entrepreneur, early-stage tech investor, and author, focuses on early-stage software-driven businesses. His investments cater to the mobile app development companies, enterprise software, and SaaS markets. He started his entrepreneurial journey with the online bookstore ‘Bookpages’. However, later Amazon acquired the company.
Recent Investments by Simon Murdoch
11. Esther Dyson
She is a Swiss-born American entrepreneur who wears many hats. She is an avid investor, philanthropist, journalist, author, and commentator. Dyson is the chairman of ED Venture holdings and Executive Founder of Wellville, a decade-old non-profit project that focuses on demonstrating the value of investing in health. Dyson has invested heavily in early-stage companies since she has been able to maintain a net worth higher than $1 billion, and has the second-largest endowment for any female entrepreneur in America behind only Oprah Winfrey.
Her investments range from the $10 million to $100 million range and include high-profile acquisitions in over 10 countries around the world. However, most of her portfolios are directed at early-stage companies with a focus on exits. Many of her investments are over a decade old including movie releases ($30 million) and internationally known authors.
Recent Investments by Esther Dyson
12. Joe Caruso
Joe is an American investor and business mentor. He has also served as the interim CEO for companies in need of a strategic change. He is famous for his advisory roles as Board members of companies like ACT Medical, Acumenta, Adhesive Technologies, Boston Restaurant Associates, Boston University’s Photonics Center (advisory director), Coffee Connection, Colonial Mills, representing materials science, including photonics applications in telecommunications and television broadcasting and production. Prior to that, he held positions at Delano Inc., one of the largest retail retailers in California, and Bread Marketing, Inc.
Recent Investments by Joe Caruso