First Round: Four of a kind

First Round was happy to spend some time clicking through Forbes' latest ranking of 30 under 30 in finance, on the lookout for some private equity youngsters.

The ranking was heavily tilted toward hedge funders, despite some of the sector's strategies being out of favour in the past year, but First Round also spotted four promising private equity young professionals.

David Knopf, a 28-year-old partner at Jorge Lemann's private equity firm 3G Capital in Chicago, played a prominent role in the firm-led $11 billion Burger King acquisition of Tim Hortons. He was also a key player in Heinz's $45 billion merger with Kraft.

Niraj Shah, 29, is a senior associate at RedBird Capital Partners in New York. He helped lead the firm's acquisition of NFL On Location, which sells Super Bowl ticket packages. He previously worked at Apax Partners and was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Kelly Wannop, who is also 29, is an associate at Blackstone in New York focusing on the financial and consumer retail sectors. After interning for a summer at Lehman Brothers shortly before the bank's demise, Wannop joined the multi-alternative asset manager as an analyst in 2009.

Benjamin Wu is a partner at chemicals billionaire Jon Huntsman's firm Huntsman Family Investments in Salt Lake City. A comparative youngster at 28, not only does he sit on the board of speciality chemicals company American Pacific Corporation, he's also the chief financial officer of The Salt Lake Tribune.

The private equity community might also be interested to see 29-year-old Daniel Rasmussen included, as he began his career in private equity at Bain Capital in 2009. Two years ago he founded his own firm Verdad, a hedge fund promising private equity-like returns from investing in leveraged publicly traded stocks.

Forbes' 30 under 30 in Finance ranking is judged by three main experts: Sonia Gardner, co-founder of Avenue Capital Group; Thomas Lee who founded Lee Equity Partners; and Jennifer Fan, a portfolio manager at Millennium Management.