COMPANY: Sherpalo Ventures
INDUSTRY: Venture Capitalism
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He’s called the Sherpa of Google not just because he wrote a six-figure check for its growth, but also because he was involved in the formation of the DNA of the company (he still sits on the board). The self-made billionaire started at Netscape, launched shopping site Junglee (sold to Amazon in 98), and then founded Sherpalo in 2000. Besides Google, he’s gone on to back Yodlee, Zazzle.com, and currently backs Indian and American outfits like Inkling and 24/7 Customer.