Welcome to the 2019 edition of the PEI 300, Private Equity International’s list of the world’s biggest private equity firms, based on how much capital they raised over the last five years.
World's largest private equity firms in 2019
Which are the biggest private equity firms in 2019?
The 2019 ranking is record-breaking. Between them, the 300 firms that make up our ranking have a five-year fundraising total of more than $1.7 trillion, with the top 10 accounting for $403 billion.
Blackstone reclaimed its position at the top of the PEI 300, with a five-year fundraising total of $82.9 billion, nearly $20 billion higher than runner-up The Carlyle Group.
As Blackstone’s Joe Baratta tells us, when you are at the top, the way to avoid deal competition is to go big.
Firms now need at least $1.2 billion to get into our ranking – versus $908 million in 2015. To enter the top 100, you must have raised at least $4.8 billion, and an additional $24 billion to join the top 10.
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