SWEAT EQUITY

It's been a good few weeks for Jonathan Nelson. His firm, Rhode Island-based communications specialist Providence Equity Partners, rounded up $4.25 billion for Fund V, he clinched a deal with Sony to acquire Hollywood studio MGM (see degrees of separation), and he got a building named after him.

Of course, living persons have to pay to get their names on architecture – last month, the university announced a new building to be called the Nelson Fitness Center thanks to a “surprise” $10 million gift from its namesake. Nelson is a big believer in fitness, having made so many LPs jump through hoops to secure spots in Fund V.