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The 2020 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking, Sponsored by MJ Hudson, lists the world’s Top PE firms in terms of aggregate performance based on all buyout funds raised between 2007 and 2016. All previous rankings, dating back to 2009, are also included.

This ranking answers the question: “Which firm(s) generated the best performance for their investors over the past years?” The ranking draws on a comprehensive set of data on PE fund performance provided by preqin and directly from PE Firms and uses a unique methodology to calculate the aggregate performance of a PE firm based on different performance measures for all the funds managed by this firm. The method is able to aggregate performance across vintage years and considers relative and absolute returns. In total, we analyzed performance data from 529 PE firms and the 977 funds they raised between 2007 and 2016 with an aggregate equity volume of $1.4tr.