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Venture-backed companies in US Account for 17% of GDP and 10 million Jobs: Study

U.S. companies that received venture capital from 1970-2005 accounted for 10 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in revenues in 2005, according to a study conducted by Global Insight for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This represents 9% of the total private sector work force and 16.6% of total U.S. GDP. Venture investment itself represents just 0.2% of U.S. GDP.  

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Private Equity Bonus Scorecard 2006: Dealmaker

Private-equity funds continued to increase their dominant position on both ends of the domestic markets; they accounted for roughly one-fourth of M&A activity and sponsored more than 40% of all IPOs, with the time between purchase and sale often shrinking to mere months, reports Dealmaker magazine. 

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Pre-money Valuation of VC-backed Startups Reaches $18.5 million in 2006, Highest Since 2000

The median pre-money valuation of U.S. venture-backed companies reached $18.5 million in 2006, compared to $15 million in 2005, according to VentureOne data. This is the highest median valuation since the peak of $25.1 million in 2000. 

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Charitable Giving to Colleges Grew to a Record $28 billion; Top 20 Colleges and Sources

Charitable contributions to higher education grew 9.4% to a record $28 billion in the last academic year, according to a report by the Council for Aid to Education. Contributions to Stanford University rose 50% to top $911.6 million, the largest amount ever raised by a U.S. university in a year, according to the report.

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ETF Assets Jump 1.1% to $422 billion in January; Set to Climb 40% in 2007 

The net amount of money invested in exchange traded funds climbed 1.1% or $4.5 billion in January to $422 billion, according to State Street Global Advisors, reports IBD. 

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Affluent North Americans to Reach 37.7 million and $19 trillion in Assets by 2010

The population of affluent and wealthy individuals in North America will grow 24% to 37.7 million by 2010 from from 30.4 million in 2006, according to Celent. The report expects this affluent group to control over $19 trillion in assets by 2010. 

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Identity Theft Loss Falls 12% to $49 billion in 2006

Americans lost about $49.3 billion in 2006 to identity theft criminals, a 11.5% decline from $55.7 billion identity theft loss in 2005, on increased vigilance among consumers and businesses, according to The 2007 Identity Fraud Survey Report by Javelin Strategy & Research. 

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New Hedge Funds Raised Less Money in 2006: 86 Largest Funds Raised $31B

New hedge funds worldwide raised less money in 2006, on the collapse of Amaranth Advisors, which lost about $6.6 billion in two weeks, the largest hedge-fund collapse ever. 

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Silver Lake Set to Raise $10 Billion for Biggest Technology Fund

Silver Lake Partners plans to raise $10 billion for the biggest technology buyout fund, setting the stage for $20 billion plus leveraged buyouts in tech sector, reports Bloomberg. Silver Lake firm's previous two investment pools raised a combined $5.9 billion.

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Carlyle Sees $300 billion Assets Under Management by 2012

Carlyle, the private equity powerhouse with 48 funds and owning 200 companies around the world, is the topic of cover story in the latest BusinessWeek magazine. The article highlights how the once-secretive PE firm is remaking its image and changing the buyout game. Here are some key numbers and facts on Carlyle:

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