Less than 12% of Senior Roles in Alternatives Are Occupied by Women

Preqin data shows that more women are working in private capital and hedge funds compared with two years ago, but at Managing Director level and above there remains a significant gender imbalance. Our findings highlight the work still to be done as the global alternatives industry looks to improve the representation of women at all levels.

Our study finds that:

  • Women represent 19.7% of the alternatives workforce, an increase of 0.9 percentage points compared with 2017.
  • Private equity, venture capital and hedge funds now have a larger proportion of female employees.
  • Private debt, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources recorded decreases in female representation.
  • The proportion of women declines as seniority increases: at senior levels the proportion of women is significantly lower than at junior levels, and real estate is the asset class with the lowest share (8.5%) of female employees in leadership positions.
  • Following significant pressure caused by gender discrimination allegations at high-profile firms, venture capital has shown the most improvement. The representation of women is now higher across junior (36.3%), mid-level (29.9%) and senior (13.5%) roles.

Download the factsheet to learn the key facts and figures in advance of the release of our new report, Women in Alternative Assets 2020. You can register your interest by emailing

  • 11/11/2019
  • PE
  • VC
  • HF
  • PD
  • RE
  • INF
  • NR

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