Top Women Angel Investors According to Data

Who are the top women angel investors? We’ve got a list of top female angel investors in the U.S. ranked by the success rate of their portfolios and investment rate.

In this article, we look at the most active women angel investors, with at least 20 investments, as well as those whose portfolios had the highest proportion of exits such as acquisitions or IPOs.

Note on data: All data for this ranking was taken from Crunchbase, which is one of the most accessible platforms for founders. Crunchbase, like any other investment aggregator platform, does not have complete data, however. Still, we judge the available data to be more than sufficient for this ranking.

Most Active Female Angel Investors

To start, we took a look at the most active female angel investors with 20 or more investments as reported on Crunchbase. Esther Dyson, Cyan Banister, and Joanne Wilson are the most active women angel investors in the U.S.

1. Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is an investor and philanthropist and the founder of Wellville, a nonprofit dedicated to demonstrating the value of long-term investment in health and equity.

Investments: 122

Diversity Investments: 22

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

2. Cyan Banister

Cyan Banister is a self-taught engineer who went on to hold several technical leadership positions including at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco. Cyan is a prolific angel investor whose portfolio includes Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, and Postmates. She is also a former partner at Founders Fund and an author!

Investments: 103

Diversity Investments: 18

LinkedIn | Crunchbase

3. Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson is a blogger, active angel investor, Co-Founder Womens Entrepreneur Festival, and Founder at Gotham Gal Ventures.

Investments: 73

Diversity Investments: 43

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

4. Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe and a serial angel investor. Prior to founding 23andMe, Anne was a healthcare analyst at a number of investment firms including Passport Capital and Andor Capital Management.

Investments: 49

Diversity Investments: 18

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

5. Constance Freedman

Constance Freedman is the founder and Managing Partner at Moderne Ventures. She often co-invests as an angel along with Moderne’s own direct investments.

Investments: 47

Diversity Investments: 10

LinkedIn | Crunchbase

6. Meltem Demirors

Meltem Demirors is a leading figure in the blockchain and cryptocurrency world. She is the Co-Chair of the Cryptocurrency Council at the World Economic Forum and Director at the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme at the Saïd Business School.

Investments: 42

Diversity Investments: 2

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

7. Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung is a General Partner at Race Capital and an active angel investor. One of Edith’s most notable investments was in Solana. Prior to Race Capital, Edith worked as General Partner at 500 Startups and was an executive at Dolphin Browser.

Investments: 36

Diversity Investments: 3

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

8. Mathilde Collin

Mathilde Collin the Co-Founder and CEO at Front App, a platform for customer communication, which she has led for over a decade. She is also fond of LEGO!

Investments: 32

Diversity Investments: 5

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

9. Ellen Levy

Ellen Levy is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, which is an organization seeking to build bridges between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. Ellen is also an active angel investor and advisor to several startups.

Investments: 32

Diversity Investments: 5

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

10. Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite and a seasoned angel investor. Julia is also a board member at a few institutions and global companies and Aspen Institute Fellow.

Investments: 30

Diversity Investments: 11

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

11. Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake is a General Partner at Yes VC as well as a podcast host and board member at many high-profile organizations and tech companies such as Etsy.

Investments: 29

Diversity Investments: 9

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

12. Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer started her career at Google in 1999, and worked in leadership positions at Google for over 13 years. Afterward, Marissa went on to serve as President & CEO of Yahoo! and recently founded Sunshine, which creates advanced technology to make mundane tasks effortless.

Investments: 28

Diversity Investments: 14

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

13. Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo is a Managing Partner at GSV Ventures and Co-Founder of the annual ASU+GSV Edtech summit.

Investments: 26

Diversity Investments: 13

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

14. Kim Perell

Kim Perell is a successful serial founder, bestselling author, keynote speaker and prolific angel investor.

Investments: 26

Diversity Investments: 5

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

15. Chloe Sladden

Chloe Sladden is the Co-Founder and CEO or Honeycomb Labs, which is a collaborative parenting app. She is also a prolific angel investor and Founding Partner or #ANGELS.

Investments: 25

Diversity Investments: 10

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

16. Allison Pickens

Allison Pickens is a General Partner at The New Normal Fund where she focuses on AI and SaaS startups.

Investments: 25

Diversity Investments: 5

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

17. Claire Hughes Johnson

Claire Hughes Johnson is a Corporate Officer at Stripe and the Author of Scaling People.

Investments: 24

Diversity Investments: 9

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

18. Holly Liu

Holly Liu was a Co-Founder of Kabam, which was acquired for roughly by Netmarble and FoxNext. Holly is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at PKO Investments, a collective that invests in startups at the intersection of tech and entertainment.

Investments: 24

Diversity Investments: 8

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

19. Julia Lipton

Julia Lipton is the Founder of Awesome People Ventures, which invests in Web3.

Investments: 23

Diversity Investments: 3

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

20. Julie McDermott

Julie McDermott invests in seed-stage startups in sectors ranging from biotech to healthtech to fintech. Julie was also named to the Business Insiders Top 100 Seed Investors list. She was previously an executive at multiple financial institutions.

Investments: 21

Diversity Investments: 15

LinkedIn | Crunchbase

21. Julia Popowitz

Julia Popowitz is an active technology angel investor with angel investments in high-profile startups such as Alt12 (acquired by Honest Co), Aumni (acquired by JP Morgan), BetterUp, and Gusto. She is also a member of the angel group Broadway Angels.

Investments: 21

Diversity Investments: 6

LinkedIn | Twitter X | Crunchbase

22. Natalie Carnegie

Natalie Carnegie is the Founder and General Partner at Carnegie VC. Natalie’s angel investments include high-profile startups such as Flexport, Houseparty, and Wefunder.

Investments: 21

Diversity Investments: 6

Twitter X | Crunchbase

23. Shana Fisher

Shana Fisher is the Managing Partner at HLVP, an early-stage venture capital fund. Shana’s investments include Pinterest and ClassPass.

Investments: 20

Diversity Investments: 3

Crunchbase

Top Female Angel Investors According to Exit Rate

To rank the top women angel investors, we looked at the rate at which their portfolio companies reach an exit such as an acquisition or initial public offering (IPO). According to their portfolio’s exit rate, Kim Perell is the top female angel investor in the U.S. Other top female angels include Marissa Mayer, Caterina Fake, Constance Freedman and Shana Fisher.

RankAngel InvestorNumber of InvestmentsExit Rate
1Kim Perell2650.0%
2Marissa Mayer2847.8%
3Caterina Fake2944.0%
4Constance Freedman4739.5%
5Shana Fisher2038.9%
6Julia Popowitz2138.1%
7Esther Dyson12230.2%
8Ellen Levy3127.6%
9Cyan Banister10327.5%
10Joanne Wilson7322.0%
11Natalie Carnegie2119.0%
12Deborah Quazzo2617.4%
13Edith Yeung3614.3%
14Julie McDermott2110.5%
15Chloe Sladden258.3%
16Holly Liu248.3%
17Mathilde Collin326.7%
18Claire Hughes Johnson244.8%
19Julia Lipton234.3%
20Anne Wojcicki494.3%
21Allison Pickens254.0%
22Meltem Demirors422.5%

Women Angels Investing in Diverse Founders

We also wanted to see which women angels were investing in diverse founders such as other women, Black, Latina, and Asian founders. Our team judged this by the ratio of their portfolio that were investments in diverse founders, as defined by Crunchbase.

Julie McDermott, Joanne Wilson, Marissa Mayer, Deborah Quazzo, and Ellen Levy have the highest rate of diversity investments among female angels.

RankAngel InvestorInvestmentsDiversity InvestmentsDiversity Investment Rate
1Julie McDermott211571.4%
2Joanne Wilson734358.9%
3Marissa Mayer281450.0%
4Deborah Quazzo261350.0%
5Ellen Levy311445.2%
6Chloe Sladden251040.0%
7Claire Hughes Johnson24937.5%
8Anne Wojcicki491836.7%
9Julia Hartz301136.7%
10Holly Liu24833.3%
11Caterina Fake29931.0%
12Julia Popowitz21628.6%
13Natalie Carnegie21628.6%
14Constance Freedman471021.3%
15Allison Pickens25520.0%
16Kim Perell26519.2%
17Esther Dyson1222218.0%
18Cyan Banister1031817.5%
19Mathilde Collin32515.6%
20Shana Fisher20315.0%
21Julia Lipton23313.0%
22Edith Yeung3638.3%
23Meltem Demirors4224.8%
What’s interesting is that women angels tend to invest in diverse founders at higher rates than their male colleagues.

Corrections and Additions

We hope that you found this list of top women angel investors helpful and interesting. We try our best to provide accurate information, but if we missed something, please reach out to let us know via email to sergio [at] betaboom.com. Thanks!


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