Neil Shen, founding and managing partner of Sequoia China and a prominent supporter of Yale SOM, is the top venture capital investor on earth, according to Forbes magazine.
The magazine put Shen at the top of its 2018 Midas List, which ranks VC investors based on all exits (IPOs or acquisitions) above USD200 million and private companies valued at USD400 million or more over the last five years.
Shen is a member of the Yale SOM Board of Advisors and the chair of the advisory committee of Yale Center Beijing. Under Shen’s leadership, Sequoia China made early investments in the mobile internet field a decade ago, becoming one of the major investors of Toutiao, Meituan-Dianping, and Didi which are among the top 10 companies driving the 2018 Midas List. Sequoia China also invested successfully in Alibaba and JD.com, the dronemaker DJI, and the media company Sina, among other fast-growing companies. Ranked 11th on the Midas List a year ago, Shen’s ascent to the top of the 2018 Midas List marks a milestone—the first time that a Chinese national has hit the top of the list.