Coming up: the VC Investor Prominence Rank 2022

Now in its fifth year, we’re gearing up to once again crunch the numbers for the Global Venture Capital Investor Prominence rank. Every year Dealroom releases a quantitative ranking of the world’s most prominent venture capital investors. It’s based primarily on the number of unicorns and future unicorns backed by investors and secondarily on the number of investment rounds in the last 12 months.

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Time to check your profile

The final ranking will be launching at the end of March, which means there’s a little time to check your fund’s profile, to ensure your portfolio is accurately reflected in the final ranking.

To make it easier, we’ve added the fields we’ll be considering right at the top of VC profiles.

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Tailored rankings

The Dealroom VC prominence rank is in fact not one, but six rankings. We’ve got separate rankings for Series A and Seed investors based on their global portfolios, and a combined, weighted ranking for all stages. We’ve then got the same again based on investors’ EMEA investments.

How it works

As in previous years, the prominence rank will take into account three key factors from an investor’s portfolio and activity: unicorns, future unicorns, and deals done. In the case of round participation, we’re looking at levels of activity in 2021 and 2022.

For the combined weighting we also include a dilution factor. Investing in a unicorn at seed stage is much more impressive than investing at Series A which is harder than at Series B, and so on, when a company’s trajectory is already becoming more visible. We’ll be taking this into account when calculating the rankings.


Check out the 2021 ranking



If you think we’re missing some of your portfolio transactions that may affect your position in the prominence rank, now is your chance to get in touch. Let us know what we’ve missed, as we make final adjustments ahead of the official ranking launch at the end of May.

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Unicorn and Future Unicorn criteria

Unicorns and $1B+ exits: Companies founded since 1990 that has reached USD$1B valuation. This also includes companies that exited at over $1B and have since dropped below the USD$1B mark after going public. More on edge cases and methodology here.

Future unicorn: Fast-growing companies with valuations between USD$250M – 1B. We include only companies that have raised investment in since 2015.