Carlyle gave back $15billion to its investors during the first nine months of 2011, far surpassing amounts returned by rival global private equity giants, according to a Financial Times report.
The amount is equal to the combined returns made by Blackstone, KKR and TPG during the same period. TPG gave investors $4billion, while Blackstone and KKR returned $6billion and $5billion respectively.
Carlyle’s assets under management (AUM) reached $148billion at the end of September 2011, not including the $15 billion payment to investors. This signalled a 38% year-on-year rise in AUM. Carlyle’s $148m is spread across 89 active funds and 52 fund-of-fund vehicles.
Since its founding in 1987, the group has received commitments from 1,400 investors based in 72 countries. Carlyle company has invested $48 billion in 414 corporate private equity transactions from inception. The company employs over 500 people in 33 offices across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.
Carlyle is headed by David Rubenstein [pictured].