Midas List 2006

The Midas List seeks to identify individuals who deploy venture capital to create wealth for their investors and build valuable, long-lasting companies. Our ranking formula ignores the original amount invested in a deal (as it is often undisclosed), instead weighing most heavily the market capitalization of a venture-backed company at the close of its first day of trading, or the purchase price in an acquisition. A lesser weight is given to the change in value of each investment since going public or being sold.

Ranking also depends on a candidate’s length of involvement and depth of influence at a startup. Only tech and life sciences companies that have gone public or been acquired within the past five years are considered. Our results are based on extensive reporting and surveys sent to 800 professionals, including angels, bankers, lawyers, recruiters and venture capitalists.

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