Private Equity International (www.peimedia.com/pei), the leading magazine for the private equity industry, today unveiled its highly anticipated annual ranking of private equity firms by size, the PEI 300.
The list may be viewed at www.pei300.com.
"The 2010 list reflects a downsized fundraising market but also highlights the rise of specialist and emerging markets private equity firms," said David Snow, Editor-in-Chief of PEI Media. "Considering that these 300 firms control the lion's share of capital in the private equity market, the PEI 300 is a powerful indicator of an evolving asset class."
The 2010 version of the PEI 300 ranks Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area as the largest private equity direct investment program in the world, having raised $54.6 billion over the past five years. Goldman ranked second in last year's PEI 300.
In this year's number-two spot is The Carlyle Group, which has raised $47.8 billion over the past five years for a wide range of private equity strategies. Rounding out the top five are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts with $47 billion, TPG with $45.1 billion and Apollo Global Management with $34.7 billion.
CVC Capital Partners is the sixth largest private equity firm and the largest firm based outside of the US. The London-based firm raised $34.2 billion over the past five years. The largest firm headquartered in Asia is Beijing-based CDH Investments, with $4.1 billion in capital raised over the past five years.
The PEI 300 firms are explored in detail in the May issue of Private Equity International magazine.
The 300 firms in this year's ranking have raised a total of $1.315 trillion over the past five years.
The PEI 300, now in its fourth year, is the only apples-to-apples ranking of private equity firms by size. It ranks firms by the amount of direct-investment private equity capital raised or formed over an approximately five-year window.
About PEI Private Equity International is produced by PEI Media, which provides news, information and events for the global alternative investment industry.
PEI Media provides market intelligence across three asset classes: private equity, real estate and infrastructure. With offices in London, New York and Singapore, PEI Media is the most authoritative and global source of news, analysis and events for alternative investment professionals. The company publishes five digitally integrated magazines, manages what is probably the most extensive set of databases dedicated to alternative assets, run 22 conferences around the world, publish a library of 20 books and directories and have a fast-growing training business. The company, founded in 2001, is owned by management. In 2009 PEI Media won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. www.PEIMedia.com
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