NEA Scores the Dealmaking Crown

It should come as no surprise that the largest VC fundraiser in 2012 was also the most active investor.

New Enterprise Associates, which raised $2.6 billion for its 14th fund in 2012 (just two years after it raised $2.5 billion for its 13th fund) put its large load of cash to work. NEA invested more than $750 million into 110 deals during the year, based on preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. The hectic deal pace ranks NEA as the most active U.S.-based venture investor in 2012.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers came in second, investing more than $500 million in 90 companies during the year. Kleiner Perkins (which raised a $525 million early stage fund in 2012) was followed by 500 Startups, which reportedly invested less than $27 million in 84 young startups, many of which are likely not to go on and raise a Series A round.

The fourth most active investor was Accel Partners, followed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

To see a list of more than 350 VC dealmakers and how much they invested in during the year, click on the “Tables” link on the right.