Top 10 Private Equity Firms

We list the ten largest global PE firms by capital raised.

Private equity firms

Private Equity (PE) is an asset class and investing style that consists of buying operating companies that are private and not publicly traded.  Common strategies within P.E. include leveraged buyouts (LBO), venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital. Typically, a PE firm will be looking firms that are undervalued so that their acquisition will create value for them. Alternatively, a PE firm will look for a target firm that will synergize with its current operations to create value.  In this article, you’ll find a list of the top 10 private equity firms in the world.

Across these various strategies, firms raise large amounts of capital (equity and debt) to buy companies, hold them for a period of time, and typically sell them as an “exit strategy”. The total amount of capital raised is how we have ranked the top ten private equity firms in the world.


top 10 private equity firms


Who are the top 10 private equity firms in the world?

(Top 10 P.E. firms sorted by total capital raised from Wikipedia)

  1. The Carlyle Group — Washington D.C.
  2. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) — New York City
  3. The Blackstone Group – New York City
  4. Apollo Global Management — New York City
  5. TPG — Fort Worth
  6. CVC Capital Partners — Luxembourg
  7. General Atlantic — New York City
  8. Ares Management — Los Angeles
  9. Clayton Dubilier & Rice — New York City
  10. Advent International — Boston


How to get hired by a PE firm?

People typically enter private equity from investment banking, as bankers work closely with PE firms on most of their deals and it’s a very logical way to enter the industry.

For more information on how to break into P.E. check out our interactive Career Map as well as our financial modeling and valuation courses that are required skill-sets for the job.


Skills in private equity

For Analysts and Associates in private equity, the skillset is a lot like investment banking – lots and lots of financial modeling and presentation making.  The work can be categorized into two groups: (1) working on transactions and (2) managing portfolio companies.

When working on transactions, Analysts, and Associates will be responsible for building a financial model for valuation purposes, preparing transaction documents such as a Letter of Intent (LOI) or a Definitive Purchase Agreement.

When managing portfolio companies, the work involves financial analysis, measuring performance, financial planning, and working closely with the company’s CFO to optimize the financial performance of the business.


private equity model


Source: CFI financial modeling templates.


Additional resources

This has been a guide to the top 10 private equity firms.  To keep learning and advancing your career, we recommend these additional resources: