Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

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.