Notable Leaders in Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Venture Capital 2021

Our 2021 Notable Leaders in Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Venture Capital are backing businesses across our state and beyond. This year’s group of six founders and partners managing private equity firms, investment banks, and angel investor groups are responsible for raising and managing a combined billion-plus dollars to support a wide range of companies.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must
have at least five years of experience in their field, and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

To nominate other best-in-class executives in their fields, click here.

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Cathy Connett

Cathy Connett

CEO and managing partner, Sofia Fund
In 1998, Cathy Connett co-founded Sofia Fund, one of the first angel investors focused on women-led startups. St. Paul-based Sofia Fund invests in high-growth businesses in Minnesota and throughout the
Mike Hirschberg

Mike Hirschberg

Director, Northborne Partners
During his mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory career, Mike Hirschberg has guided clients in the health care, consumer, business services, industrial, and technology sectors. Over the past three
Kevin McArdle

Kevin McArdle

Founder and CEO, SureSwift Capital
In 2015, Kevin McArdle founded Edina-based SureSwift Capital, a private equity firm focused on buying software-as-a-service companies and taking them to the next stage of growth.  SureSwift now has $70
Peter Pricco

Peter Pricco

Managing director, Prudential Private Capital
Peter Pricco leads Prudential Private Capital’s Minneapolis office. Since 2019, his teams have invested over $1.5 billion to help private and public companies achieve their goals. By positioning Prudential as
Reed Robinson

Reed Robinson

Founding partner, Groove Capital
Following more than a decade both working in startups and supporting them through the Beta network and Twin Cities Startup Week (both of which he cofounded), Reed Robinson launched Groove
Robert Tunheim

Robert Tunheim

Partner and co-chair of private equity practice, Ballard Spahr
Attorney Robert Tunheim set up his first private equity fund in 1991. Since then, he has counseled numerous private equity groups nationwide in their formation, investments, and liquidation transactions. Based