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SFERS and RPDU top the investors list in US venture capital

Monday, May 25, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The five most active investors in US venture capital are pension funds. US venture capital attracts a range of investors, and almost a quarter are located outside of North America, said a study.

San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) and Retirement Plans of Duke University (RPDU) sit atop the table, each with 69 known commitments to vintage 2010-2019 US-based venture capital funds, said Preqin.

Of the most active investors in US-based VC funds by the number of known fund commitments, Texas County & District Retirement System is the only institution with an active mandate. The pension fund is planning to commit $1.8bn across private equity & venture capital funds in the next 12 months.

US-based venture capital funds attract capital from a range of investors globally, the report said.

Foundations account for the largest proportion (20%) of investors active in US-based venture capital funds, followed by the private sector (13%) and public (12%) pension funds.

North America-based institutions represent 76% of all investors active in US-based venture capital funds. That said, with 24% of investors based outside of North America, the demand for US venture capital vehicles extends across the globe.

US-based venture capital funds are targeted by investors of all sizes. The majority (67%) of active investors manage at least $1bn in assets, including 12% that manage at least $50bn.

But smaller investors still take up ......................

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