Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Breakthrough Energy Ventures


The goal of Breakthrough Energy is to make sure that everyone on the planet can enjoy a good standard of living, including basic electricity, healthy food, comfortable buildings, and convenient transportation, without contributing to climate change. Their strategy links cutting-edge, government-funded research to patient, risk-tolerant capital so that more clean energy innovations get to market faster.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition created Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund, to build the new, cutting-edge companies that will deliver on that promise.

Structure: Breakthrough Energy Coalition Coalition has brought together a unique group that includes private investors who are patient and risk tolerant, global corporations that produce or consume energy in vast quantities, and financial institutions with the capital necessary to finance the world’s largest infrastructure projects.

Geography: Global

Sectors: Electricity, Transportation, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Buildings


Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States, Chair of the Breakthrough Energy Ventures Board

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director,Reliance Industries Limited,India

John Arnold, Co-chair, Laura & John Arnold Foundation, United States

John Doerr, Chairman, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, United States

Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures, United States

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group, China

Hasso Plattner, Co-founder, SAP SE, Germany


Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO, Amazon, United States

HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Chairman, Alwaleed Philanthropies, Saudi Arabia

Michael Bloomberg, CEO, Bloomberg LP, United States

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, United Kingdom

Ray Dalio, Founder, Bridgewater Associates, United States

Reid Hoffman, Co-founder, LinkedIn, United States

Chris Hohn, Founder, The Children’s Investment Fund, United Kingdom

Dustin Moskovitz & Cari Tuna, Co-founders, Good Ventures, United States

Patrice Motsepe, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), South Africa

Xavier Niel, Founder, Illiad Group, France

Julian Robertson, Founder & Chairman, Tiger Management, United States

David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group, United States

Nat Simons & Laura Baxter-Simons, Co-founders, Prelude Ventures, United States

Masayoshi Son, Founder, Chairman & CEO, SoftBank Group Corp., Japan

Ms. Zhang Xin & Mr. Pan Shiyi, Co-founder & CEO, Chairman, SOHO China, China