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The Top 100 Private Equity Investors

by Louise Weller

  • 22 Mar 2012
  • PE

Preqin currently tracks over 4,000 private equity investors, with many committing significant amounts of capital to the asset class annually. The top 100 private equity investors have an aggregate allocation to the asset class of over USD 1.2 trillion and total assets under management of more than USD 13 trillion.

Fund of funds managers represent half of the top 100 private equity investors, followed by public pension funds which account for 21%. California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has the largest allocation to the asset class of all public pension funds and currently allocates USD 34 billion to private equity, representing 14.5% of its total assets under management.  Asset managers account for 9%, foundations and endowments together make up 5% of the top 100, with sovereign wealth funds, banks and private sector pension funds each representing 4%. Insurance companies account for the smallest proportion of the top 100 private equity investors accounting for 3% of the universe.

Geographically, investors located in North America represent the vast majority of the most significant private equity investors, with 69% of the top 100 located in this region. Europe is home to 29%, with the remaining investors located in Asia, Australia and MENA.

Buyout funds appear to be the most popular fund choice amongst the top 100 private equity investors; 94% have an appetite for this type of fund. This is followed by venture funds, which is stated as preference by 92%, growth funds (87%), distressed debt funds (65%) and mezzanine funds, whereby 57% of the top 100 investors have an appetite for this type of fund.

Despite the continued volatility and turbulent nature of the financial markets, private equity remains a popular preference for many investors, as demonstrated by the significant amount of capital that is allocated to the asset class by the top 100 investors alone.

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