A joint study by The New York Times and Equilar, a board and executive data provider, examined the annual take-home pay of the top-ranking executives at the six private equity firms that are publicly traded. The findings were compared with a number of other industries, including large technology firms and banks. On average, the heads of the private equity firms earned nearly 10 times as much as the heads of banks.
To determine just how much money private equity titans receive, The New York Times asked Equilar, a board and executive data provider, to compile information from the six largest publicly traded private equity firms. The Times then analyzed the data, which covered the period from 2012 to 2015, and verified Equilar’s findings with the firms themselves.
2015 earnings for each top executive from his private equity firm (including dividends and distribution, carried interest, personal investment profits, salary, bonus and perks).
Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone Group - $799,838,742
Leon Black, Apollo Global Management - $199,840,537
George R. Roberts, KKR - $181,135,050
Henry R. Kravis, KKR - $175,624,545
David M. Rubenstein, Carlyle Group - $102,270,852
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