PE Global Fundraising: $500 billion in 2007?

2006 was a record year for private equity in both fundraising and investments. 684 PE funds raised a record $432 billion worldwide in 2006, lead by Buyout and Real Estate funds with $213 billion and $63 billion respectively. 

The total value of announced private equity buyout deals hit a record $700 billion in 2006, more than double the record set in 2005 and 20 times bigger than in 1996, according to Thomson Financial data.

Can the PE fundraising reach the magic $500 billion mark in 2007? Private Equity Intelligence's 2007 Global Fundraising Review report estimates that the momentum is still there for the PE funds to raise $450 – 500 billion of new funds in 2007. 

  • A record number of 899 new funds are already on the fund-raising trail worldwide, targeting $390 billion between them, according to Preqin.

  • Another 500 or so new funds are likely to enter the fundraising market over the course of the year.

  • The ‘pipeline’ of new funds that have already achieved a first or second close is higher than it has ever been, with 378 funds at a combined $172 billion target.

Preqin's 2007 Global Fundraising Review report will be published on 1st February. 

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