Roelof Botha

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Person.png Roelof Botha   LinkedInRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(venture capitalist)
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Born19 September 1973
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Member ofThe Paypal Mafia
South African actuary, PayPal CFO from 2000 to 2003

Employment.png Managing Partner

In office
January 2003 - Present
EmployerSequoia Capital

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In office
March 2000 - January 2003

Roelof F. Botha is a South African actuary, venture capitalist and company director who is Managing Partner at Sequoia Capital.[1] Having worked with Elon Musk at PayPal from 2000 to 2003, Roelof Botha is a member of The PayPal Mafia, a suspected deep state faction.

Board member

Roelof Botha sat on the boards of 23andMe, Cambridge Epigenetix, Mapillary, MongoDB, Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Natera,, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Unity, and Xoom.

Botha also worked with AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, Mixpanel and Mu Sigma. He previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google, as well as Weebly before they were acquired by Square.[2]

Education and early career

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 earned a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1996. He worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Johannesburg from 1996 through 1998. He then moved to the United States, where he received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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"Roelof Botha once dressed up as Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear to meet a new recruit called Jess Lee for Sequoia Capital. Another partner, Jim Goetz, was dressed as the other main character, Woody. They were inviting Lee to be their Jessie.[3] In this respect, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Botha is the grandson of former South African foreign minister, Pik Botha, who was known to smoke skelm cigarettes outside the Cabinet room with ANC cabinet minister Kadar Asmal whom he befriended when they both served in the Government of National Unity in the ‘90s. His grandson, Roelof, who is a UCT alumnus, decided to look for opportunities elsewhere and moved to the United States where he worked with South African billionaire Elon Musk at PayPal. He joined Sequoia Capital in 2003, became a partner and will now head one of Silicon Valley’s oldest and most successful venture capitalist firms. The Financial Times reports Botha takes the reins at Sequoia with a new mandate. He is indeed another South African innovator leading the technology world to infinity and beyond."Linda van Tilburg[4]


Botha's father, also named Roelof, is an economist. His uncle was the rock musician Piet Botha. His grandfather was Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha, a South African politician who was the country's last foreign minister under the Apartheid government, and the first minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs under Nelson Mandela.[5]


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023Switzerland
World Economic Forum
The theme of the meeting is "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"


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