Thursday’s Headlines: Terra Firma Chairman Urges Money Grubbers to Stay Away from Private Equity

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Just interested in making money? Stay away from private equity, Terra Firma Chairman Guy Hands told attendees of the Harvard Business School Venture Capital and Private Equity conference, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The paper quoted Hands saying: “If you are looking for a career just focusing on making money, please don’t come into the private equity industry. If just making money is what motivates you, then focus instead on the banking industry or the hedge fund industry.”

He added students motivated by making money should “leave private equity and the creation of long term value to those of us who love making businesses better.” … The private-equity veteran described the boom era of 2002 to 2007 as the “Woodstock years” but said that the period that followed had become the “wilderness years” for private equity.


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