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30. Danny Rimer
Danny Rimer
Partner, Index Ventures
Age: 39
Marital status: Married
Highest Education: Bachelor's degree

He lives in London, but the Canadian-born Rimer is one of Silicon Valley's most successful VCs, thanks to a string of home-run exits: He invested in Skype a year before eBay bought it for $2.6 billion; he was an early investor in voice portal TellMe, which sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $800 million.

Other hits include Internet radio website Last.fm, acquired by CBS for $280 million, and open-source database MYSQL, sold to Sun Microsystems last year for $1 billion.

Next move: He's now focused on cloud computing and e-commerce, with stakes in mobile-payment service Boku and online ticket exchange service Viagogo.

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Last updated March 26 2010: 10:26 AM ET
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