World’s Top 10 Private Equity Firms

World’s Top 10 Private Equity Firms

6. EQT

Based in Sweden, EQT A.B. (EQT.ST) has a total AUM of 73.3 billion euros, or nearly $81.7 billion at the exchange rate as of this writing. Founded in 1994, the firm has approximately 1,200 employees in 24 countries across Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Flying Tiger Copenhagen is perhaps its best-known portfolio company among U.S. consumers.

7. Vista Equity Partners

With more than $86 billion in AUM, Vista Equity Partners invests exclusively in software, data, and technology-enabled organizations. The company has strategic investments across companies in healthcare, advertising, and risk management, among other industries. In September 2019, Vista closed a $16 billion technology fund, the largest fund ever raised by an independent private equity firm.

8. TPG Capital

TPG Capital has a total AUM of $109 billion. Founded in 1992 by David Bonderman and Jim Coulter, TPG Capital is headquartered in San Francisco. The company has 12 additional offices across eight countries.

Among the firm’s noteworthy transactions are its buyout of Continental Airlines in 1993, its acquisition of Petco in 2000 (with Leonard Green and Partners), and its leveraged buyout (along with Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners) of Burger King in 2002. Among its current portfolio holdings are Chobani, Fender, and Airbnb.

9. Warburg Pincus LLC

Warburg Pincus LLC has more than $73 billion in total AUM, invested in more than 235 companies. The firm’s roots are in E.M. Warburg & Co., founded in 1939, and Warburg Pincus was established in 1966. Headquartered in New York, it has offices in 13 countries.

10. Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Neuberger Berman Group LLC has $460 billion in total AUM, including $70 billion in private equity. Citing more than 25 years of experience in alternative investments, Neuberger Berman employs more than 648 professionals in the field in 25 countries worldwide.

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