KPCB's John Doerr, Bing Gordon, Mary Meeker and Ted Schlein Named 2012 Tech's Top Investors on Forbes' Midas List

#12 – John Doerr
John Doerr is still the world’s wealthiest and most well-connected venture capitalist. Earned previous Midas crowns (2005, 2008, 2009) with timely investments in Amazon, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and Google, where he remains on the board. But after a sharp turn into green-tech, with few exits, his firm jumped into hot Internet startups a bit late in the game. KPCB did get in early at game phenoms Zynga and Ngmoco (sold to DeNa for $400 million), but paid top dollar to get into Facebook at a $52 billion valuation, Groupon at a $4.75 billion valuation and Twitter at a $3.7 billion valuation. He doubled KPCB’s “iFund” to $200 million to spur app development and launched a $250 million “sFund” for social apps and services. Not abandoning clean-tech just yet: Bloom Energy (fuel cell outfit reportedly valued at $2.7 billion) and OPower (energy efficiency) are still promising bets. Other investments include fast-growing payments company Square, Good Technology (acquired by Visto), and biofuels company Amyris Biotechnologies (2010 IPO).

#26 – Bing Gordon
Former chief creative officer at Electronic Arts Bing Gordon joined Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers in 2008, promptly scoring second round investment at social games startup Zynga (IPO 2011), where he serves as director. Gordon sees investing potential applying his theory of the “videogamification of everything.” Led firm’s first-round investment in iPhone gaming startup Ngmoco, which sold to Japan’s DeNA for $400 million in 2010. Also serves on the board of Amazon. Heads Kleiner Perkins’s sFund, which invests in social startups, and serves on the board of sFund companies Klout (social influence) and Lockerz (photosharing). Also sits on the boards of MEVIO (online video network) and Zazzle (custom T-shirts). Favorite games of all time: “World of Warcraft,” “the Sims,” “Diablo,” “Pogo,” “Civilization,” “Columns,” “Freecell,” “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars.” Travels frequently to Africa to learn tribal dance—one tribal leader named his son after Gordon. On why VCs should focus and not do ‘spray and pray’: “When you raise a family, you don’t have 100 children.”

#42 – Mary Meeker
Famed Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2011. She wrote the book on the first wave of Internet growth, starting with “The Internet Report” in 1995 as well as a number of other books. She now helps lead the Digital Growth Fund, helping larger Kleiner companies to scale up to global ambitions. She sits on the board of hot mobile payments company Square and is also active with investments Groupon, Spotify, Legalzoom, Waze, 360buy.com, Jawbone and One Kings Lane. More recently in 2011 Meeker wrote the incisive “USA, Inc.,” a report that analyzed the U.S. government as if it were a business and concluded its financials were (what else?) “discouraging.”

#71 – Ted Schlein
Ted Schlein led KPCB’s investment in enterprise social networking company Jive Software, which went public in 2011 (market cap: $1.6 billion). In 2003 he led the $40 million investment round in software security scanning firm Fortify and also served as CEO. Fortify sold to HP in 2010 (Forbes estimates the sale in the ballpark of $265 million). Schlein also backed ArcSight, which went public before it sold to HP in 2010. He also invested in Beijing Venustech, which is listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange. Before joining Kleiner Perkins in 1996, Schlein was an early executive at Symantec. Current investments include textbook rental company Chegg, vacation rental outfit Inspirato, used construction equipment company IronPlanet, cloud infrastructure startup Nebula, video startup 3VR, security companies 41st Parameter and Mandiant and reputation defender Reputation.com.