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Back to blog August 19, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Top 30 Private Equity Firms has ranked the top 30 private equity firms globally in an effort to add transparency to an otherwise fairly opaque industry.

Typically, private equity firms are ranked based strictly on their fund size. However, due to the current economic climate, fund size may not be the most accurate measure of a firm’s current activity and investment capacity.

We have ranked the largest, global private equity firms based on a more holistic view, considering a variety of metrics. The parameters include: fund size (of course), current investment appetite, maximum deal size the firm will consider and deployment of capital. This ranking is therefore admittedly subjective.

1. Bain Capital
2. Texas Pacific Group
3. Apax Partners
4. Blackstone Group
5. Carlyle US Venture
6. Silver Lake Partners
7. Fortress Investment Group
8. Apollo Investment Corp.
9. Advent International
10. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
11. BC Partners
12. CVC Capital Partners
13. Candover Investments
14. Terra Firma Capital Partners
15. First Reserve Corp.
16. Providence Equity Partners
17. EQT Partners
18. American Capital
19. Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
20. Permira
21. CCMP Capital
22. Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
23. Cinven
24. 3i US
25. Warburg, Pincus & Co.
26. Hellman & Friedman
27. General Atlantic
28. GTCR Golder Rauner
29. Charterhouse Development Capital
30. PAI Partners

Individual firm profiles of these private equity firms and others are available at