The 50 Who Matter Now

In our second annual ranking, Business 2.0 has compiled an unabashedly subjective list of people, products, trends, and ideas that are transforming the world of business.

Michael Moritz
Michael Moritz
Managing director, Sequoia Capital

Rank: 4

Why he matters: Sequoia has edged out Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Silicon Valley's venture capital hierarchy, and Moritz is the chief reason. Every VC outfit has money, but under Moritz's leadership, Sequoia has shown that it has the connections, the smarts, and the cojones to build large, lasting companies.

Google? Sequoia was an early investor. PayPal? Sequoia was there. YouTube? Yup, that one too. Thanks in no small part to Moritz's track record, Sequoia often gets first dibs on hot new startups. "Always available for thoughtful, hungry, and imaginative people" is how Moritz describes himself on his LinkedIn profile. Believe it.

Adelson

Calacanis

Bianchini

Iacobucci, Raburn

Graham

You

Williams

Musk

Melton

O'Reilly

Edmond

Zell

Huffington

Fake Steve Jobs

Walsh

Draft

Zuckerberg

Branson

Nooyi

Ambani bros.

Phillips

Negroponte

Hundt

Friis, Zennstrom

Cogan

Rosedale

Fadell

Kao

Arrington

Stephenson

Miyamoto

Eberhard

Agile software

Li

Diller

Chizen

Hurd

Wales

Bezos

McAndrews

Watanabe

Chambers

Schwarzenegger

Decker

Murdoch

Jacobs

Moritz

Private equity

Jobs

Google trio
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