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Investment SectorsRectangle
Clear
Advertising & Marketing
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Business Products & Services
Computer Hardware
Construction
Consumer Products & Services
Distribution
Education
Energy
Engineering
Environmental Services
Financial Services
Food & Beverage
Government Services
Health
Human Resources
Industrials
Insurance
IT Management
IT Services
IT Systems Development
Logistics & Transportation
Manufacturing
Media
Real Estate
Retail
Security
Software
Telecommunications
Travel & Hospitality
Portfolio Company Annual RevenueRectangle
Clear
$100M-$250M
$10M-$50M
$50M-$100M
$0-$1 Million
$1M-$10M
$250M-$500M
$500M-$1 Billion
$1B+
HeadquartersRectangle
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California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Inc.'s 2020 Top 50 Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms is an unranked list of PE firms that have a track record of investing in founder-led companies. Entrepreneurs who have taken investment from these firms complete a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with PE. Inc. also factors in data on how founder-led portfolio companies have grown since taking private equity investments.
Firm
Portfolio Company Annual Revenue
Founded
Headquarters
AE Industrial Partners
$1B and below annual revenue
1998
Boca Raton, Florida
Accel-KKR
$10M-$250M annual revenue
2000
Menlo Park, California
Alpine Investors
$5M-$100M annual revenue
2001
San Francisco, California
Argentum
$5M-$25M annual revenue
1988
New York, New York
Boyne Capital
$10M-$100M annual revenue
2006
Miami, Florida
Brentwood Associates
$25M-$500M annual revenue
1972
Los Angeles, California
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Typically invests $100M and above
1978
New York, New York
Clearview Capital
$4M-$20M EBITDA
1999
Stamford, Connecticut
Enlightenment Capital
$20M-$200M annual revenue
2012
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Fulcrum Equity Partners
$3M-$50M annual revenue
2006
Atlanta, Georgia
Gauge Capital
$5M-$40M EBITDA
2013
Dallas, Texas
Granite Creek Capital Partners
$3M-$15M EBITDA
2005
Chicago, Illinois
Great Hill Partners
$25M-$500M enterprise value
1998
Boston, Massachusetts
HCI Equity Partners
$20M-$200M annual revenue
2003
Washington, District of Columbia
JMI Equity
$10M-$50M annual revenue
1992
Baltimore, Maryland
K1 Investment Management
$100M and below annual revenue
2011
Manhattan Beach, California
Kian Capital Partners
$10M-$100M annual revenue
2013
Atlanta, Georgia
L Catterton
$5M-$1B annual revenue
1989
Greenwich, Connecticut
LLR Partners
$10M-$100M annual revenue
1999
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LNK Partners
$100M-$2B annual revenue
2005
White Plains, New York
Mainsail Partners
$4M-$25M annual revenue
2003
San Francisco, California
Morgan Stanley Capital Partners
$10M-$75M EBITDA
1985
New York, New York
Mountaingate Capital
$5M-$25M EBITDA
2015
Denver, Colorado
New Harbor Capital
$3M-$15M EBITDA
2013
Chicago, Illinois
NewSpring Capital
$10M and above annual revenue
1999
Radnor, Pennsylvania
Northlane Capital Partners
$5M-$30M EBITDA
2017
Bethesda, Maryland
Pfingsten Partners
$20M-$150M annual revenue
1989
Chicago, Illinois
RedBird Capital Partners
$10M-$100M EBITDA
2014
New York, New York
Ridgemont Equity Partners
$50M and below EBITDA
2010
Charlotte, North Carolina
River Associates Investments
$15M-$100M annual revenue
1989
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Rotunda Capital Partners
$30M-$150M enterprise value
2009
Washington, District of Columbia
Sentinel Capital Partners
$10M-$80M EBITDA
1995
New York, New York
Serent Capital
$5M-$100M annual revenue
2008
San Francisco, California
Shore Capital Partners
$5M-$100M annual revenue
2009
Chicago, Illinois
ShoreView Industries
$20M-$225M annual revenue
2002
Minneapolis , Minnesota
Shorehill Capital
$3M-$15M EBITDA
2013
Chicago , Illinois
Sole Source Capital
$35M and below EBITDA
2016
Los Angeles , California
Spectrum Equity
Typically invests $25M-$150M
1994
Boston, Massachusetts
Strattam Capital
$10M-$30M annual revenue
2013
Austin, Texas
Sunstone Partners
$10M and above annual revenue
2015
San Mateo, California
TPG Growth
$50M and above annual revenue
2007
San Francisco, California
TVV Capital
$10M-$150M annual revenue
1997
Nashville, Tennessee
TZP Group
$10M and above annual revenue
2007
New York, New York
The Riverside Company
$400M and below enterprise value
1988
New York, New York
Tower Arch Capital
$20M-$150M annual revenue
2013
Draper, Utah
Trinity Hunt Partners
$4M-$25M EBITDA
1993
Dallas, Texas
Trivest Partners
$20M-$200M annual revenue
1981
Coral Gables, Florida
Vista Equity Partners
$10M and above annual revenue
2000
Austin, Texas
WestView Capital Partners
$3M-$20M EBITDA
2004
Boston, Massachusetts
Wind Point Partners
$100M-$500M enterprise value
1984
Chicago, Illinois
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