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Stephen Schwarzman

Net Worth: $40.9 Billion

Notable Investments

Refinitiv, Ancestry, SERVPRO


One of the top 20 richest people in the U.S., Stephen Schwarzman (born 1947) is the Chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm he established in 1985, which now manages more than $700 billion in assets. Schwarzman's first business was a lawn-mowing operation he formed at 14 years of age, employing his younger brothers to mow while he brought in clients. Schwarzman’s much publicized 60th birthday party included performances by Rod Stewart and Patti LaBelle. Schwarzman’s philanthropy includes $100M gifts to both the New York Public Library and a scholarship program in China, dubbed Schwarzman Scholars.

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Leon Black

Net Worth: $11.0 Billion

Notable Investments

McGraw-Hill, Hostess, ADT


Leon Black (born 1951) is best known as the co-founder, and former-CEO of private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which has nearly $500 billion of assets under management. Black stepped down as CEO and chairman in 2021 after revelations that he paid the disgraced businessperson and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein $158 million for family office tax-related advice. In 2012, Black gave $48 million toward a new visual arts center at Dartmouth College, his undergraduate alma mater.

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George Roberts

Net Worth: $10.0 Billion

Notable Investments

ByteDance, Corel, Fiserv


George Roberts (born 1944) is one of the three original partners of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), which he co-founded alongside Jerome Kohlberg and first cousin Henry Kravis in 1976. KKR has completed more than 280 private equity investments in portfolio companies with more than $550 billion of total enterprise value. In 1989 Roberts and Kravis led one of the most famous leveraged buyouts (LBOs) in the takeover of RJR Nabisco. Roberts is the founder of the non-profit the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), which focuses on job creation.

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Henry Kravis

Net Worth: $9.4 Billion

Notable Investments

Ingersoll Rand, 1-800 Contacts,Epic Games


Henry Kravis (born 1944) is a co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). Kravis was born in Oklahoma, the son of an engineer father who had been a business partner of Joseph P. Kennedy. His lavish lifestyle has been criticized by activists looking to reform private equity regulations and restrict the practice of leveraged buyouts Kravis pioneered. The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, established in 2006, identifies leaders in the nonprofit sector, celebrates their accomplishments and shares their best practices with others. Kravis is a Republican and made a $1 million contribution to Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

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Orlando Bravo

Net Worth: $6.3 Billion

Notable Investments

Dynatrace, McAfee, Stamps.com


Orlando Bravo (born 1970) is a Founder and Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo, a Private Equity firm with over $83 billion under management. Born in Puerto Rico, Bravo moved to Florida in his early teens to pursue a career in tennis. Orlando has overseen over 325 software acquisitions conducted by the firm, representing more than $100 billion in transaction value. In 2019, Orlando committed $100 million to the Foundation’s Rising Entrepreneurs Program (REP) with the goal of fostering entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.

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Tom Gores

Net Worth: $5.9 Billion

Notable Investments

Ingram Micro, Club Car, Cision


Tom Gores (born 1964 as Tewfiq Georgious) is the founder of Beverly Hills based Platinum Equity, a private equity firm with more than $23 billion under management. Gores became the sole owner of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in 2015. Born in Nazareth, Israel to a Catholic family with a father of Greek descent and a mother of Lebanese descent, Gores later settled in Genesee, Michigan. In 2016, Gores launched FlintNOW, an organization designed to raise up to $10 million to provide relief to residents of Flint, Michigan affected by the city's water crisis.

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Marc Rowan

Net Worth: $5.2 Billion

Notable Investments

McGraw-Hill, Hostess, ADT


Marc Rowan (born 1962) is a co-founder and current CEO of Apollo Global Management, which has nearly $500 billion under management. Rowan owns several restaurants in Long Island's tony Hamptons area, including Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor. He is a founding member and serves on the executive committee of the Youth Renewal Fund and is a member of the board of directors for the National Jewish Outreach Program and the New York Police Foundation. In October 2018, he donated $50 million to the Wharton School, the largest single gift in Wharton’s history.

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Daniel D'Aniello

Net Worth: $4.9 Billion

Notable Investments

McDonald's China, Beautycounter, Addison Lee Group


Daniel D'Aniello (born 1946) is a cofounder and chairman of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Carlyle manages $293 billion in assets, spanning 3 business segments and 433 investment vehicles. A native of Butler, Pennsylvania he co-founded Carlyle with William E. Conway Jr., and David Rubenstein. D'Aniello supports the Washington National Opera, and he sits on the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute, as well as the board of his alma mater, Syracuse University.

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Sami Mnaymneh

Net Worth: $4.6 Billion

Notable Investments

Jenny Craig, Potpourri, Town & Country


Sami Mnaymneh (born 1961) is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital, a Private Equity firm with over $45 billion of capital under management. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993, and led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries. Prior to starting H.I.G., Mnaymneh was a managing director at Blackstone and a vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. Mnaymneh was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Columbia University in 1981.

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Tony Tamer

Net Worth: $4.6 Billion

Notable Investments

Jenny Craig, Potpourri, Town & Country


Tony Tamer (born 1956/1957) is founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with $45 billion of equity capital under management. Tamer is of Lebanese descent, and the fourth richest man of Lebanese origin, as of 2020. He is a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and a Trustee of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In January 2015, Columbia University announced that Tamer and his wife Sandra made a gift to establish and endow The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.

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David Bonderman

Net Worth: $4.5 Billion

Notable Investments:

Acorns, Airbnb, Burger King


David Bonderman (born 1942) is the founding partner of TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group), and its Asian affiliate, Newbridge Capital, which have nearly $110 billion of assets. Bonderman is one of the minority owners of the NBA's Boston Celtics as well as the co-founder and co-majority owner (along with Jerry Bruckheimer) of the Seattle Kraken of the National Hockey League. In 2002, for his 60th birthday, Bonderman had the Rolling Stones and John Mellencamp perform. For his 70th birthday party, Bonderman held a private concert by former Beatle, Paul McCartney, at Wynn Las Vegas for 1,020 guests.

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Barry Sternlicht

Net Worth: $4.4 Billion

Notable Investments

InTown Suites, TMI Hospitality, LNR Property


Barry Sternlicht (born 1960) is the co-founder (with Bob Faith), chairman, and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, a real estate Private Equity fund with over $60 billion in assets under management. He is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust. Sternlicht is on the board of directors of the Estee Lauder Companies, Baccarat Crystal, Robin Hood Foundation, Dreamland Community Theatre, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program, and the Business Committee for the Arts.

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David Rubenstein

Net Worth: $4.5 Billion

Notable Investments

JD Logistics, Thomas Scientific, Traxys Group


David Rubenstein (born 1949) is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group. A former government official and lawyer, Rubenstein purchased the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta at Sotheby's auction house in New York for $21.3 million. He is chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, former chairman of the Smithsonian Institution, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, and president of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. In 2011, Rubenstein gave $13.5 million to the National Archives for a new gallery and visitor's center.

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William "Bill" Conway Jr.

Net Worth: $4.3 Billion

Notable Investments

Claritas, Veritas, ZoomInfo


William "Bill" Conway Jr. (born 1949) is a founder and Co-Non-Executive Chairman of the Carlyle Group. In 1999, Conway bought Merrywood, the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy, from Alan I. Kay for $15.5 million. Less than a year later he sold it to Steve Case, the former CEO of AOL and his wife for $24.5 million. In June 2019 Conway donated $20 million to the Catholic University of America to create the Conway School of Nursing. Conway contributed $10.5 million in 2020 to his son Bill Conway's failed campaign for Cook County State's Attorney in Illinois.

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Ramzi Musallam

Net Worth: $4.0 Billion

Notable Investments

AthenaHealth, Cambium Learning, Anaren


Ramzi Musallam (born 1968) is the CEO and Managing Partner of Veritas Capital, which has nearly $30 billion under management. Veritas has made its name targeting sectors dominated by the U.S. federal government, particularly defense, health care and education. A Palestinian Christian born in Amman, Jordan, Mr. Musallam began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Structured Finance Division. Mr. Musallam holds a B.A., cum laude, in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and an M.B.A., with High Honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business..


Wealthiest Private Equity professionals was compiled from numerous sources notably Forbes, Wikipedia, and Business Insdider. Most of the wealth estimates are derived from Forbes Billionaire list. VC News Daily's 'Wealthiest PEs' list is for informational purposes only, and does not claim any guarantee of full accuracy nor completeness.