The Pulse of Private Equity – 2/15/2021

A good year for the Big Five


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The Big Five public PE firms—Blackstone, KKR, Apollo, Ares and Carlyle—had a good 2020 across several metrics, according to PitchBook’s latest analyst note. All five firms posted YoY fee-related earnings (FRE) growth, with Blackstone notching the highest gain. In terms of annual financials, four of the five managed to lift FRE as a proportion of their overall distributable earnings, as well.