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Private Equity

The Industry Today

Today, there are nearly 7,000 private equity firms worldwide (with 4,590 firms located in the United States), according to the American Investment Council. Total assets under management (AUM) reached $4.1 trillion worldwide in June 2019. Private equity funds are expected to grow by 58 percent (to $4.9 trillion) by 2023, according to the alternative investment research firm Preqin, overtaking hedge funds as the largest alternative asset class. In 2019, the 20 largest private equity funds received 39 percent of all committed capital, according to Preqin, up from 29 percent of committed capital in 2014.

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