To compile The Impact 50 list of the most notable impact investors, Forbes identified primarily U.S.-based individuals investing in ventures striving to have a positive social or environmental impact both domestically and around the world. We researched U.S. billionaires, as well as members of Forbes’ lists of the highest-paid athletes, highest-earning celebrities, 30 Under 30 and America’s Richest Self-Made Women. We also spoke with experts in the field of impact investing. Those on our list had to have been involved in impact investing for a year or more, either with deployed capital or personal investments, and be respected in their field.
AREA OF IMPACT: Diversified
More than 50% of the companies in which Pfund’s venture capital firm, DBL Partners (short for “Double Bottom Line”), invests have a female founder or a woman in the C‑suite. In 2015, DBL closed on its third impact fund, with $400 million to invest in companies with positive social, environmental or regional economic impact. Last year, its portfolio company The RealReal, an online consignment shop promoting a “circular economy,” raised $300 million in an initial public offering.
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