Founded in 1987, The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager based in Washington, DC, with offices on six continents. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity (buyout and growth capital), Real Assets (real estate, infrastructure and energy), Global Credit (distressed & special situations, direct lending, energy credit, loans & structured credit and opportunistic credit) and Investment Solutions (funds that invest in private equity funds).
Carlyle is led by Co-CEOs Glenn Youngkin and Kewsong Lee. Carlyle Co-founders David Rubenstein and William Conway are Co-Executive Chairman, and Co-founder Daniel D’Aniello is Chairman Emeritus. Peter Clare is Co-Chief Investment Officer, alongside William Conway, while Curt Buser is Chief Financial Officer and Jeffrey Ferguson is General Counsel. These eight individuals comprise the Executive Group. Advising the Executive Group is a 15-person Management Committee.
The Founders hoped to create an institution that would transcend them, so rather than using their last names, they chose to name the firm after the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, where some of the meetings were held as the firm was established.
From the late-1980s through the mid-1990s, several former senior government officials worked at Carlyle in various advisory and other capacities. Most have since retired from the firm. Today, Carlyle boasts a group of former C-level corporate executives, with an average of 40 years’ experience, who serve as Operating Executives. These executives assist our investment teams in analyzing industries, sourcing transactions, creating value, mentoring portfolio company management and generating returns for our investors.
Carlyle professionals have expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation.
Carlyle has two sets of investors: those who commit capital to our funds (numbering more than 1,750 from 83 countries) and those who own units in The Carlyle Group L.P., our publicly traded limited partnership.
Our purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of our fund investors, which include public and private pension funds, a range of institutions and high net worth individuals. Through our funds investors, millions of people around the world are beneficiaries of Carlyle’s investments.
A portion of the profits from our investments, known as carried interest, flow to our publicly traded partnership, which in turn is expected to distribute much of that revenue to our public unitholders in the form of distributions or dividends.
A core component of our firm culture is that our fund investors come first. We believe this philosophy is in the long-term best interests of both sets of investors. Simply put, if we serve our fund investors well, our unitholders will benefit.
Carlyle is a publicly traded partnership, which began trading on the NASDAQ market under the CG ticker symbol on May 3, 2012. Carlyle has three groups of owners: employees of Carlyle who are equity partners, strategic investors Mubadala Development Company and public unitholders.
The companies, real estate and other assets in which Carlyle invests are owned by the funds that made the investments. As of December 31, 2017, the Carlyle Group has investments in 279 companies and more than 300 real estate assets.
Ours is a culture of performance through collaboration. Carlyle professionals work together seamlessly and selflessly across funds, industries and geographies to deliver the wisdom, knowledge and resources required to invest wisely and create value for our investors. We call our collaborative spirit One Carlyle.
Carlyle is a high energy, service-oriented environment that rewards hard work, collaboration and innovation. Perhaps the greatest appeal of Carlyle is the palpable sense that you are helping to build a business. Our more than 1,600 colleagues, including more than 650 investment professionals, are the carriers of our One Carlyle culture. Many of those professionals share in the success of our value creation efforts through their compensation, and the vast majority of employees are unitholders. We also believe strongly in hiring locally in each of the countries in which we operate, as local knowledge and expertise are key to understanding a particular market.
We call our value creation model The Carlyle Edge. We use our One Carlyle global network, deep industry knowledge, Executive Operations Group and portfolio intelligence to create and execute a customized value creation plan for each of our corporate private equity and real asset investments. Click here to see our value creation case studies.
The private equity model of value creation has many virtues, but one foundational aspect is fundamental to this industry’s long-term success: alignment of interests.
The goal is to align the interests of fund investors, Carlyle professionals and portfolio company management so that we all rise or fall together. Since inception through December 31, 2017, Carlyle professionals, Operating Executives, Senior Advisors, Operating Advisors and other professionals have committed more than $10 billion of their own money alongside our fund investors. And the managers of the companies we invest in also commit personal capital to those investments. When an investment succeeds, all parties benefit. When an investment fails, all parties lose. This is a powerful motivator for Carlyle professionals and portfolio company management to work in tandem to create value for our investors.
Simply put, rather than swing for the fences with every investment, we strive for consistency, hitting singles, doubles, and triples with fewer strike-outs. We believe our 29-year track record demonstrates the wisdom and soundness of this approach.