Women in Private Equity – February 2013

by Laura Duce

  • 11 Feb 2013
  • PE

Preqin's Fund Manager Profiles database shows that the number of females in senior roles within the private equity industry has remained relatively low over recent years.

When analyzing proportions of women in senior roles by location of fund managers, private equity firms based in Asia have the highest proportion with an average 12.8% of high-level roles held by women. The average proportion of senior positions held by women in North America- and Europe-based private equity firms is 10.3% and 9.9% respectively. On average, 9.8% of senior roles are held by women in the Rest of World region.

There also seems to be a noticeable difference in percentage of women in senior roles by primary investment strategy. The strategy with the highest proportion of women employed in senior roles is real estate, with an average 11.3%, closely followed by an average 11.2% in venture capital firms. Women account for an average 10.5% and 8.7% of senior roles at infrastructure and buyout firms respectively.

It is interesting to note that the proportion of females in senior positions also varies somewhat with regards to sizes of private equity firms. Women account for an average 8.7% of the team at private equity firms of five or fewer senior employees, compared to 10.7% at firms of 6-10 employees, and 10.6% and 11.9% at private equity firms with 11-20 and 21+ members of staff, respectively.

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