Renowned Private Equity Execs

Private equity firms continue to record positive growth as evident in the rise of lucrative buyouts and greater acquisition targets. This growth comes in spite of rising interest rates, tougher business environment and attractive perks earn by top executives, who stand at the pinnacle of the business world. Below is a list of Top 5 private equity executives in 2014 as listed by Insider Monkey. These executives are ranked based on their 12-month performance. The ranking takes into consideration the amount of money made through pubic equities, dividend payments and selling companies.

  1. David Leuschen

Leuschen is a former banker at Goldman Sachs and the co-founder of Riverstone Holdings, which focuses on capital investments in the power and energy sectors. Over the years, Leuschen ( has built a reputation as one of the most successful private equity executives. His accolades include overseeing several successful exits, including that of Dynamic Offshore and Three Rivers Operating. In 2013, he made it to the Forbes list of Top 50 Dealmakers.

  1. Pierre Lapeyre

Lapeyre is a respected banker, who served at Goldman Sachs for 14 years. He also served as Director at Stallion Oilfield Services Ltd and Capital C. Energy, LLC. His areas of specialty include M&A, strategic advisory and IPO. He left the Goldman to start his own venture called Riverstone Holdings with David Leuschen. His firm has undertaken several lucrative deals including a staggering $7.7 billion deal that involved the creation of a new fund.

  1. Donald Mackenzie

Mackenzie is the co-founder of the highly successful CVC Capital Partners, which was formerly known as Citicorp. He is involved in managing the firm’s investment portfolio. Investors who have put their money on CVC Capital Partners have earned billions of dollars, thanks to Mackenzie’s sterling leadership. He previously served as an Investment Director at Deloitte Haskins & Sells and 3i Group Plc.

  1. Henry Kravis

Kravis is the co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts private equity firm, which went public in 2010.Kraviz expansive experience in financing and investment in private and public companies. His private equity firm is estimated to be worth $1.7 billion. Kravis still serves on the firm’s investment management department and portfolio Management Committee. Henry also serves on the boards of ICONIQ Capital, LLC and First Data Corporation.

  1. Joseph Landy

Joseph Landy is a very successful private equity executive. He joined Warburg Pincus in 1985 and becoming company co-president in 2001. His principal investment focus areas include IT, infrastructure and communication applications. Over the years, Landy has guided his firm through numerous successes, including the $8.7 billion sale he made in 2014 when his firm sold Bausch & Lomb. Landy acquired Bausch & Lomb in 2007 for half of the amount.