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Mr. Private Equity

About Me:

Completed two years in investment banking at a top bulge bracket firm (GS/MS/JPM) in Canada. Will complete two years in upper-middle market private equity (UMM PE) doing traditional leveraged buyouts (LBOs) in NYC. It is a <$10Bn AUM fund so it is sizable but not at the prestigious level of Blackstone or KKR.


Undergrad School: Top Business School in Canada

Undergrad Major: Businesses

GPA: 3.8

GMAT: 750

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Board of Director at a Small Charity

Work History:

Title: Private Equity Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: , 8 mos

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1) Entering high finance (private equity/investment banking) from a lower-middle-class background. 2) Passionate about philanthropy as shown through heavy involvement on the board of a charity that focuses on giving back to students.

Post MBA Goal:

Launch a search fund (raise capital from investors to purchase a mid-sized company and operate it as a CEO). I believe that an MBA will provide me with the strategic know-how, and network required to propel my entrepreneurial ambitions to start a search fund.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 32%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Business schools love candidates who are already in PE jobs because in all likelihood they will graduate and go to work with a private equity firm (often a more well known PE firm than they had worked for before) and make big bucks. That really lifts employment report averages for grads. So because everything else here is in line, I would say your chances are nicely above the 12% admit rate for Harvard. The only thing holding me back from giving you great odds is 1) I suspect your school may not be a feeder into HBS (McGill has six Harvard MBAs in the Class of 2020, British Columbia has five, and Queen’s & Toronto has four), and 2) You are at a boutique PE …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Mr. Private Equity: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. I served as an Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia and application assessor at Wharton. At these kinds of top schools, they will certainly see you as a fit given your blue chip work experience and GPA/GMAT. However, it will be hard to set yourself apart from others with very similar profiles who also have strong numbers, recommendations and work experiences. If you have personal or professional connections at these schools who could write in support of you, that could be helpful. You should also present your goals in a different way than others will…what unique take on a search fund would you have that would be different from others …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, Mr. Private Equity, this is Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. I work with many high achieving finance applicants and used to work in that industry before my own Harvard MBA, so I’m very familiar with your world. You have so many great things going for you – a high GPA and solid GMAT, a brand name IB firm and pre-MBA PE experience, and community service at a board level. Your personal drive to break into finance without an easy network also sounds admirable. The challenge you face is at its core a numbers problem: Harvard attracts a lot of male finance applicants like you with great stats and work experience and they cannot take everyone. From what I’ve seen with my …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 46%

  • 60% | 3 months ago

    You definitely have what it takes to get into HBS from your GPA from a top Canadian university to your GMAT and certaintly your highly accomplished work history. With your PE background, I can't see Harvard turning you down.
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  • 20% | 4 months ago

    Hi, it's Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. There are a lot of positive elements of your profile -- your impressive work experience, great stats and leadership outside of work on the board of a charity. For your passion for philanthropy, I assume there are other examples you can share to show a pattern of involvement over time? (It's always best if it's clear this really is important to you and not just showing up the year you're applying to MBA programs.) Becoming a search fund entrepreneur is more and more popular coming out of MBA programs, and certainly HBS would set you up to do that as well or better than anywhere else. Be sure in your applications, you talk about WHY you want to ...
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  • 40% | 4 months ago

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