Private equity is a global phenomenon, with the US traditionally representing the most prominent country for private equity. There are currently over 4,500 active private equity fund managers globally, with over half of these firms based in North America, one-quarter based in Europe, and the remainder based in Asia and Rest of World.
More specifically, there are currently 2,479 private equity firms based in the US. These firms have raised over $1.7 trillion in private equity funds over the last 10 years, making the US the most prominent country in private equity by a considerable margin. This is followed by 354 private equity firms based in the UK, which have raised $359 billion during the last 10 years. Other prominent hubs for private equity firms include Canada, with 135 firms raising $27.9 billion in the last 10 years, Germany with 131 firms raising $21.4 billion, and France with 130 private equity firms raising $72.1 billion during the last 10 years.
When considering countries outside North America and Europe, Australia is the most prominent country. There are currently 96 private equity firms based in Australia, which have raised a combined $25.8 billion during the last 10 years. India is also the base for 96 private equity firms, and these firms have raised $15.3 billion in the last 10 years. Additionally, there are 82 private equity firms based in each of mainland China and Israel. Chinese firms have raised $22.2 billion in the last 10 years, while Israeli firms have raised $10.4 billion.
The current private equity industry is a diversified sector by region, with the US maintaining its status as the most prominent country for private equity. The fact that a wide range of regions are prominent hubs for private equity signals that the private equity market is a global phenomenon. For more information on fund managers globally, please visit our Fund Manager Profiles product.