PE by the Numbers

Quick facts and quarterly statistics about the private equity industry.

Quick Facts

  • Private Equity Firms Headquartered in the U.S.: 4,100 firms
  • Buyout/Growth Expansion Funds Currently Fundraising in the U.S.: 696 funds
  • Private Equity-Backed Companies Headquartered in the U.S.: 14,300 companies
  • Employees Hired by U.S. Private Equity-Backed Companies: 7.5 million employees

Last updated: March 2016. Source: PitchBook, PEGCC Analysis.

Quarterly Statistics

2015-Q3 2015-Q4
U.S. Private Equity Investment $201 billion $137 billion
Average Equity Financing in U.S. LBOs 43% 46%
U.S. Private Equity Fundraising $39 billion $68 billion
Global Buyout Fund Dry Powder $486 billion $460 billion
U.S. Private Equity Exits $87 billion $101 billion

U.S. Private Equity Investment
Investment

Average Equity Financing in U.S. LBOs
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U.S. Private Equity Fundraising
funds raised
Global Private Equity Dry Powder
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U.S. Private Equity Exits
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Last updated: March 2016. Source: PitchBook, Preqin, Standard and Poor’s Capital IQ Leveraged Commentary Data and PEGCC Analysis.

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