Roelof Botha Biography
Roelof F. Botha was born on 19 September, 1973. He is a venture capitalist and company director. Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and at the age of six he moved to Cape Town with his parents. He was raised in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, and attended Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Botha‘s father, also named Roelof, is an economist. His grandfather is Roelof Frederik “Pik” Botha, a former South African politician who served as the country’s foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. His uncle is the rock musician Piet Botha.
Botha bagged a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1996 with the highest GPA in the history of the program. By training, he is a qualified actuary.
Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Mahalo, Natera, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Weebly, Unity, Whisper and Xoom. He also works with 10Gen, AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, Mixpanel and MuSigma. He previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google. On Forbes’ Midas List, an annual ranking of venture capital professionals, he ranked 22nd in 2008 and 26th in 2009.