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The largest alternative investment firm in the world, Blackstone specializes in private equity, real estate, credit, and hedge fund investment strategies, as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), restructurings and reorganizations, and private placements. It supports over 200 portfolio companies worldwide across a broad spectrum of industries.
The New York City-based company was founded in 1985 as a mergers and acquisitions boutique by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman. Its Private Equity segment consists of platforms in life sciences, growth equity, infrastructure, tactical opportunities, and secondaries consisting of flagship corporate private equity funds including Blackstone Energy Partners funds, energy-focused funds, and core private equity fund. The Blackstone Group Inc. is increasingly focusing on fast-growing companies in the technology sector.