Legendary venture capitalist Michael Moritz has been a technology investor at Silicon Valley titan Sequoia Capital for nearly three decades. He led early investments in pioneering Internet companies including Google, Yahoo! and PayPal. Moritz, who previously served on the boards of both Google and PayPal, is now worth an estimated $2.2 billion, according to Forbes. Today, he serves on the board of another Sequoia investment, LinkedIn.
A Welsh-born former journalist, Mortiz worked at TIME for several years in the early 1980s, where he had the chance to interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In 1984, Moritz wrote the first authoritative history of Apple, called The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer. Last year, Moritz was diagnosed with a rare, incurable medical condition, prompting him to step back from day-to-day activities at Sequoia and assume the title of chairman of the firm.