COMPANY: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
INDUSTRY: Venture Capitalism
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: 2009 was a big year for venture capitalist L. John Doerr. Not only was the billionaire investor named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, but he also was appointed to the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. His role? Provide advice to the president and his administration on the best strategy for returning America to its glory days of prosperity once again. With the Silicon Valley comapny: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he has invested in Netscape, Google, and Amazon, and is a board member for the latter two.