Preqin data indicates that the amount of venture estimated dry powder available globally was increasing steadily between December 2004 and December 2007, with the amount of dry powder available to venture firms specifically, increasing from $102.16 billion to $160.56 billion. In the period between December 2007 and December 2008 the amount of estimated available capital decreased by $16.38 billion to $144.18 billion. As of November 2009 venture capital firms sit on estimated $157.57 billion in available capital.
In regards to the regional distribution of this capital, US focused firms have estimated $82.90 billion of dry powder, nearly double the estimated aggregate capital available to Asia and Rest of the World-based fund managers that sit on $44.70 billion. Europe focused venture firms have $29.98 billion of aggregate dry powder in their coffers.
Preqin’s data shows that US-based venture firm Technology Crossover Ventures has the most dry powder available to venture fund managers, with $2.91 billion currently available to the firm. With $2.87 billion in estimated available dry powder, New Enterprise Associates is the second largest venture fund manager, followed by Israel-based DVJ Tamir Fishman Ventures with $2.47 billion in estimated dry powder.
For more information on current and historical dry powder levels across fund types please see Preqin's Fund Manager Profiles.