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Estimated Dry Powder by Fund Type and Manager Location

by Raffaela Mirai

  • 04 Nov 2009
  • PE

Preqin data shows that there is currently an estimated $1.06 trillion in private equity dry powder available globally. Considering that the US private equity market is the longest established it is unsurprising that US-based fund managers are currently sitting on just over half of this global total. With $277 billion in available capital, Europe accounts for 26% of dry powder globally and Asia and Rest of the World has the least dry powder at its disposal, with $184 billion in available capital.

Preqin data shows that Carlyle Group has the largest amount of estimated available capital which accounts for $23.3 billion, followed by TPG with $21.6 billion and Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group with $20.1 billion. In Europe, UK-based CVC Capital Partners holds the largest amount of estimated available capital, with $17.2 billion, followed by Apax Partners with over $9 billion and Bridgepoint Capital with $6.9 billion. In Asia and Rest of the World, Australian fund manager Macquarie Capital Funds has $9.6 billion in estimated available capital, the Middle Eastern private equity firm Abraaj Capital has over $3 billion and Australia-based Pacific Equity Partners has $3.5billion.

In regards to estimated dry powder by type of private equity funds, buyouts account for 47% of the aggregate estimated available capital in the private equity market. Real estate holds 17.8% and venture 14.4%.

All of the data used in this blog is taken from our fund manager profiles. For more information please visit our Fund Manager Profiles.

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