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Why KKR & Co for Private Equity? / Overview of KKR & Co

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KKR & Co is a global private equity firm and asset manager with offices in 22 cities and an AUM of >$500B as of 2023. KKR operates many different funds and investment strategies, such as Private Equity, Tech Growth, Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Credit.

KKR is one of the oldest and most prominent private equity investors in the world and is often credited with popularizing the leveraged buyout as an investing strategy. KKR was founded in 1976 and led the famous leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco in the late 80s.

In 2022, KKR announced the $2.1B raise of its first asset-based financing fund, with intentions to invest in mortgage and consumer loans.

KKR & Co Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with KKR & Co, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment team you are recruiting with has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We explain how to answer qualitative questions and research private equity firms in our Private Equity Course. We also teach how to build LBO models and prepare for case study interviews.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

KKR's infrastructure fund agreed to acquire British power generation business ContourGlobal. In July 2022, Contour's board voted to go through with the deal.

  • Transaction Description: KKR Global Infrastructure Investors IV fund managed by KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE:KKR) entered into an agreement to acquire ContourGlobal plc (LSE:GLO) from ContourGlobal LP, FIL Limited and others.

  • Transaction Value: US$6.1B enterprise value

  • Transaction Date: Announced May 2022

Fact Sheet

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  • Company Name: KKR & Co

  • Description: KKR & Co. Inc., also known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., is an American global investment company that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and, through its strategic partners, hedge funds

  • Firm Category: Private Equity / Asset Manager

  • Ticker: NYSE:KKR

  • Founded: 1976

  • Employees: 4,150

  • Assets Under Management: $500B+

  • Flagship Private Equity Fund Size: Fund XIII ($19B raised in 2022)

  • Co-CEOs: Joseph Bae, Scott Nuttall

  • Headquarters: New York City, USA


KKR & Co Glassdoor

Based on the H1B Database, the average base salary for an Analyst at KKR is $130k. We note that this salary information may be dated and not reflective of their current pay across all verticals.


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