Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Chicago Booth | Mr. Plantain & Salami
GMAT 580, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. Market Analyst
GMAT 770, GPA 7.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89
Wharton | Ms. Energy To Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 8.4/10
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
MIT Sloan | Mr. Brazil Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Finance Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.21
Yale | Ms. Social Impact
GMAT 680, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Military Intelligence
GMAT 700, GPA 3.86

Where Top MBAs Work In Private Equity

SchoolTPG CapitalCarlyle GroupBlackstone GroupKKRWarburg PincusAdvent Int’lApollo Mgt.Bain CapitalCVC Capital

Source: Poets&Quants analysis of LinkedIn member profiles representing MBA jobs in private equity (Created with the HTML Table Generator)

By far, the biggest single PE employer of MBAs appears to be The Blackstone Group, with some 250 MBAs from just ten business schools on its payroll. It’s followed by Bain Capital (161), which received plenty of unwanted publicity during the Presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, and The Carlyle Group, with 135 MBAs. You can count 71 MBAs from these schools at Warburg Pincus, and 74 MBAs at TPG Capital.

And when it comes to playing favorites, Bain Capital seems to have a thing for Harvard Business School. Of the 161 MBAs from ten schools at the firm, 77 of them are Harvard grads. Similar favoritism seems to be in play for Wharton grads at The Blackstone Group where 70 of its 250 MBAs from these ten schools had their degrees stamped at Wharton.

Though the easy route to a top PE player may be through Harvard or Wharton, there are plenty of MBAs in PE from many other schools. Blackstone’s finance chief, Laurence Tosi, for example, has an M.B.A. from Georgetown’s McDonough School.




About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.