The PEI 300

Private Equity International magazine’s proprietary seventh-annual ranking of the largest 300 private equity firms in the world.

 For the seventh year, Private Equity International’s Research & Analytics division presents the PEI 300 – our unique annual ranking of the biggest private equity firms in the business.

The PEI 300 is the only true apples-to-apples comparison of firms by size, because it’s based on a very simple metric: the amount of private equity direct investment capital raised by each firm in the preceding five years (so this year’s period runs from 1 January 2008 to 1 April 2013).

This year, the totals no longer include any funds closed in the boom years of 2006/7. And it shows – the total capital raised by the biggest firms is nearly 20 percent down on the equivalent figure 12 months ago.

It’s also clear that capital flows are shifting: European funds are taking a smaller share of the wallet, while there are now four Chinese firms in the top 50.

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