PE Prominent in Top Alt Asset Managers’ $3 trillion Pool


July 12, 2012

Towers Watson survey Towers Watson added up the assets managed by the Top 100 alternative investment managers globally and found that they now manage USD3 trillion. The consulting company’s Global Alternatives Survey now includes private equity funds, so we digested the report for this week’s newsletter.


The report offers a handy list of the top 50 PE firms by assets under management. The top three are Carlyle, Goldman Sachs, and Blackstsone Group (see more names in chart below).


The report shows that of the Top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (35%, at USD 1.1 trillion) followed by private equity managers (22%, at USD 696 billion), hedge funds (21%, at USD 643 billion), private equity fund of funds (PEFoF) (9%, at USD 288 billion), fund of hedge funds (FoHF) (6%, at USD 187 billion), infrastructure (4%, at USD 119 billion) and commodities (3%, at USD 101 billion). The figure above shows the percentage of assets in each class.


The analysts at Towers Watson surmise that the ongoing global economic crisis has driven institutional investors towards more diversified investment portfolios.


The trend benefits investment managers that offer significant alternative capabilities. The report points out that allocations to alternative assets now account for 20% of all pension fund assets globally, up from 5% 15 years ago. (Image source: Towers Watson Global Alternative Survey).

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