The World’s Largest Private Equity Investors Are…

November 16, 2015, 8:11 PM UTC
CA's Gov't Pension Fund To Report Loss Of One Quarter Of Its Holdings
SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 21: A sign stands in front of California Public Employees' Retirement System building July 21, 2009 in Sacramento, California. CalPERS, the state's public employees retirement fund, reported a loss of 23.4%, its largest annual loss. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)
Photogaph by Max Whittaker—Getty Images

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today is hosting a workshop on private equity, following a series of related controversies and changes to the public pension giant’s investment strategy.

CalPERS has long been one of the world’s largest private equity investors, representing 2.8% of all committed capital back in 2007. It has since scaled way back — its 1.4% mark for the first half of 2015 is actually a 5-year high — but still was the seventh-largest global investor in the asset class between 2010 and 2014, according to materials presented during today’s workshop.

The largest private equity investor during that time-frame, per the CalPERS data, was the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. What follows is the full chart, excluding sovereign wealth funds for which there is not publicly-available data.

Source: CalPERS


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