Before rushing across into the private equity sector, it’s worth considering which firms are likely to actually offer big pay packets. The big money in private equity is not the base salaries, nor is it even the bonus – it’s the carried interest, which is typically 20-25% of a fund’s annual profit paid out to senior members of a private equity firm.
Therefore, it’s worth knowing which firms are actually likely to hit hurdle rates and pay out. Helpfully, data provider Preqin has compiled a list of private equity funds consistently beating the competition across a variety of categories. The list is below, so start polishing up your resume.