The 2014 Midas List: More Liberal Arts-Trained Tech Investors Than You Might Expect

Forbes

March 26, 2014

Where did most of this year’s top venture capitalists go to school, and what types of degrees did they earn? Digging deeper into the 2014 Midas List, we found that Midas Listers were about as likely to be philosophers, historians, or jazz musicians as they were computer scientists. And while a majority of Midas Listers still earned a graduate degree, a solid 33% proved just as strong in their craft without one.

Degrees Held By Midas Listers

Looking closer at the type of undergraduate degrees Midas Listers earned, we found that this year’s crop of venture capitalists were almost equally split between BA and BS degrees, with 9% taking home both. Even if the industry is dominated singularly by information technology, the data suggests that the year’s most successful venture investors were more diverse in their undergraduate education.

Dartmouth engineers and Midas Listers (l to r) Scott Sandell ’86, Terry McGuire ’82, and Hurst Lin Th’88.
Dartmouth engineers and Midas Listers (l to r) Scott Sandell ’86, Terry McGuire ’82, and Hurst Lin Th’88.

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