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For the South African politician, see Pik Botha.

Roelof Botha is a venture capitalist. He began his career as an actuary.

He was the CFO of PayPal. Now he works for Sequoia Capital and sat on the board of directors of YouTube before its acquisition by Google. Botha sits on the board of Meebo and Xoom. In 2008, he ranked 22nd on Forbes' Midas List[1] and 26th on the 2009 Forbes' Midas List.[2] Botha graduated first in his class from Stanford Business School in 2000, prior to which he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Johannesburg. He also attended the University of Cape Town where he did a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics and graduated with the highest GPA in the history of the program. He became the youngest actuary in South African history soon after graduating.[3][4]

Botha is the grandson of the former South African Foreign Affairs Minister of the same name who was also known as Roelof 'Pik' Botha. Pik Botha, a former South African politician who served as the country's foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. He was considered to be a liberal or a "verligte", meaning enlightened, at least in comparison to others in the then-ruling National Party.


  1. ^ "#22 Roelof Botha", Midas List 2008, January 24, 2008
  2. ^ "#26 Roelof Botha", Midas List 2009, January 29, 2009
  3. ^ Brown, Erika (2007-02-12). "The Art of Selling Out". Forbes.  
  4. ^ "Roelof Botha". Sequoia Capital. Retrieved 2007-04-30.  

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