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Alex Konrad

Jim Goetz reigns atop the Midas List in 2016. A new group of challengers are looking to close the gap.

Goetz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, continues his run atop the list of 100 best venture investors due to his once-in-a-lifetime bet on WhatsApp. The VC spent months fighting to simply get a meeting with founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton and had to pass a battery of questions for the chance to put the first venture money into the messenger app in late 2012. Once in, he wouldn’t let go. Goetz solely handled all three of the startup’s funding rounds before Facebook FB -0.42% came calling to acquire WhatsApp for an eventual $22 billion less than two years later. That’s how you turn $60 million into $3 billion and return a nearly half-billion fund six times over.