How much does a vice president in private equity make?
In private equity, your total compensation typically depends on the AUM of the firm for which you work. Firms that have larger AUMs usually pay their vice presidents more.
According to the 2020 North American Private Equity Investment Professional Compensation Survey by Heidrick & Struggles, those in the vice president position at firms with an AUM of less than $500 million had a mean total cash compensation of $329,000 in 2019. For firms with an AUM of $10 billion to $19.99 billion, the mean total cash compensation was $592,000.
Which private equity firms are publicly traded?
The four largest publicly traded private equity firms are Apollo Global Management (APO), The Blackstone Group (BX), The Carlyle Group (CG), and KKR & Co. (KKR).
Alternatively, Advent International, Bain Capital, TPG Capital, and Warburg Pincus are all private companies.
The Bottom Line
Professional investors at private equity firms raise a large fund (usually from affluent investors) and reinvest those funds to seek the biggest possible profits. The nature of the private equity industry is risky, as firms often engage in large acquisitions and controversial leveraged buyouts. It is also not totally unheard of for private equity firms to lose billions of dollars or for the firms to fold completely. However, the firms in this article have all emerged as the largest and most successful private equity firms.