These 12 surprising investors in Uber are poised to get really rich

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Travis Kalanick, Co-Founder and CEO of Uber, a mobile application connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire, talks during a session of LeWeb 2013 event in Saint-Denis near Paris on December 10, 2013. ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Uber may be losing boatloads of money, but that hasn’t stopped a stampede of investors from trying to get a piece of of the ride-hailing company.

The five-year-old company is valued at $US41 billion, although that could spike to $US50 billion with $US1 billion investment round reportedly coming to a close soon.

Some of Uber’s early investors are about to become the “Uber Rich,” as Fortune calls them, but aren’t traditional venture capitalists who invest for a living. As it turns out, a lot of Uber’s investors are actually CEOs and celebrities.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

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