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Top 100 Private Equity Firms: 2017 List, Research and Rankings

Preqin, a company that provides information, products and services to fund managers, investors, consultants and service providers, recently released its Special Report: The Private Equity Top 100 (February 2017).

According to the report, the top five GPs are:

  1. Carlyle Group $66.7 billion aggregate capital raised in the last 10 years and $15.8 billion in dry powder;
  2. Blackstone Group, $62.2 billion aggregate capital raised in the last 10 years and $31.9 billion in dry powder;
  3. KKR, $59.7 billion aggregate capital raised in the last 10 years and $17.6 billion in dry powder;
  4. Goldman Sachs, $55.6 billion aggregate capital raised in the last 10 years and $16 billion in dry powder; and
  5. Ardian, $53.4 billion aggregate capital raised in the last 10 years and $22.3 billion in dry powder.

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The top five LPs are:

  1. CPP Investment Board, $281 billion assets under management, with $44.4 billion allocated to private equity;
  2. Abu Dubai Investment Authority, $792 billion assets under management, with $39.6 billion allocated to private equity;
  3. GIC, $350 billion assets under management, with $31.5 billion allocated to private equity;
  4. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, $305 billion assets under management, with $25.4 billion allocated to private equity; and
  5. APG – All Pensions Group, $432 billion assets under management, with $21.6 billion allocated to private equity.

The report states that private equity’s total assets under management grew 4.2% from December 2015 to a new record of $2.49 trillion as of June 2016, which more than doubles the size of the industry at the end of 2006.

For more information, please visit www.preqin.com.


Marissa B. Wiley is an associate in the Private Equity and Investment Funds group at Nixon Peabody. Read more Nixon Peabody blogs here.

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