Quiz: Match the industry big-wig to the beach read

We asked private equity insiders what they have at the top of their summer reading lists this year; they are not your average beach reads. Can you guess which book belongs to which industry expert?

The dog days of summer are finally here. Half-year results have come and gone and every third email is greeted with a chirpy out-of-office declaring the recipient out of action until September.

After 10 months of poring over financial reports, PPMs and hefty due diligence questionnaires, private equity execs finally get the chance to kick back with that paperback they were given for Christmas.

We asked a handful of the industry’s most influential (and time-pressed) insiders which books they have at the top of their summer reading lists this year. Can you guess which titles they chose?

Give it your best shot, and email your answers to isobel.m@peimedia.com.

The person with the most correct answers wins a book of their choice from the PEI bookstore.

(Note: There are 18 names and just 17 books – which title was so popular two of our insiders are reading it?)

1 – André Frei, Co-CEO, Partners Group
2 – Andrew Géczy, incoming CEO, Terra Firma
3 – Andrew Hawkins, head of secondaries, ICG
4 – Béla Szigethy, Co-CEO, Riverside
5 – Erik Hirsch, CIO, Hamilton Lane
6 – Jan Radberg, head of private equity, AP Fonden 1
7 – Jason Gull, head of secondaries, Adams Street
8 – John Zhao, CEO, Hony Capital
9 – Josh Lerner, professor, Harvard Business School
10 – Mounir Guen, founder, MVision
11 – Paul Newsome, head of investment management, Unigestion
12 – Pete Wilson, managing director, HarbourVest
13 – Réal Desrochers, managing investment director, CalPERS Private Equity
14 – Stewart Kohl, Co-CEO, Riverside
15 – Susan Long McAndrews, head of US primaries, Pantheon
16 – Sven Lidén, CEO, Adveq
17 – Thomas von Koch, managing partner, EQT
18 – Weijian Shan, group chairman and CEO, PAG


Before the Fall,Noah Hawley
“A potent, gritty thriller that exposes the high cost of news as entertainment and the randomness of fate,” says  The New York Times 

The Orphan Master’s Son,
Adam Johnson
“Johnson has made just one trip in his life to North Korea, but he's managed to capture the atmosphere of this hermit kingdom better than any writer I've read,” says  The Guardian 

La folie des banques centrales,Patrick Artus
“Patrick Artus, Natixis chief economist, explains the dangerous games played by central banks and how this will lead to the next crisis, which promises to be worse than the previous one,” says  Les Echos 

Levels of Life, Julian Barnes
“Barnes writes with astonishing precision about mourning and grief, those areas of human experience so often camouflaged with evasion and silence,” says  The Telegraph 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari.
“Children often still learn history as a tedious parade of names and dates. Sapiens is the antimatter version of this kind of history, all sparkling conceptual schemas and ironic apothegms, with hardly a Henry or Louis or Philip in view,” says  The Wall Street Journal 

The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse, Mohamed El-Erian
“El-Erian offers a grand tour of the challenges we face, along with ideal solutions and more likely outcomes,” says  The New York Times

Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
“Stephenson specializes in coming up with arresting premises, then teasing out how science and technology would affect their outcome,” says  The Los Angeles Times 

Be Iron Fit: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness, Don Fink
“This book tells you how to fit Ironman training into your life,” says  Triradar 

Grand Ambition: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can’t Really Afford It,G Bruce Knecht
“G Bruce Knecht's illuminative and utterly engaging story of the three-year building of the luxury yacht Lady Linda is a reminder that the axiom remains an immutable law of the sea – no matter how much you supersize the vessel” says  The Wall Street Journal 

A Briefer History of Time,Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
“A sprightly canter through modern cosmology and the associated science,” says  Popular Science 

The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Peter Matthiessen
“A man trying to lace a football in the dark might make a pattern rather like Mr Matthiessen's transits of South America,” says  The New York Times 

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth,Ranulph Fiennes
“His latest book encompasses a lifetime of adventures in cold and altitudinous places, enhanced with tales of the great explorers who went before him, people such as Scott, Shackleton and Peary,” says  Geographical 

Dealing with China, Hank Paulson
“Former United States Treasury secretary Henry M Paulson, Jr provides readers a glimpse into the political relations he developed with senior officials in China during his time as chairman and chief executive officer at Goldman Sachs,” says the  LSE Review of Books 

Dude and the Zen Master,Bernie Glassman and Jeff Bridges
“Their book’s gentle conceit is to use The Dude and his response to situations thrown out in The Big Lebowski, to impart the essence of Zen’s promise,” says  NPR 

The Inner Game of Tennis: The ultimate guide to the mental side of peak performance, W Timothy Gallwey
“Though pro tennis players are ironically loathe to talk about the mental side of their game, chances are good that many of the competitors at Wimbledon have read Gallwey’s book,” says Buzzfeed   

The Arabs: A History,Eugene Rogan
“One of the special features of this book is that it draws on Arab writings (by memoirists, journalists and others) to give an idea of how the Arabs have experienced their own history,” says  The Telegraph 

[As yet untitled], Peter Georgescu
*This is an as yet unpublished manuscript, so no review is available