The financier

Who: John Doerr

What: Venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

The details: Doerr is a billionaire who was involved in the founding of such companies as Sun Microsystems, AOL, Amazon and Google. Lately he has focused on investing in green technologies, bringing former Vice President Al Gore on to the board of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. According to Portfolio magazine, Doerr and his wife have made tens of millions of dollars in political donations as part of a “push for subsidies and pro-green-tech policies, and require the government to purchase the kinds of fuels and technologies his startups will be marketing.”