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01 March 2006

Private equity's biggest names snare awards in industry poll; new firms also emerge as the asset class grows globally.

NEW YORK, LONDON, Feb. 28 -- The results of the Private Equity International and annual reader poll have been released today.

Now in their fifth year, the Global Private Equity Awards delivers over 50 different awards to the private equity people and firms that are voted top of their class by their peers. Over 20,000 votes were cast online and, uniquely, voters continue to be unfettered by predetermined shortlists, nor are their choices reshaped by a panel of judges.

The full results are available online at:

Among the global award categories, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts co-founder Henry Kravis was voted "Private Equity Personality of the Year," ahead of Terra Firma's Guy Hands and Texas Pacific Group head David Bonderman. "Large Buyout Firm of the Year" was The Blackstone Group (with KKR second and CVC Capital Partners third) while "Venture Firm of the Year" went to veteran firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, followed by fellow West Coast venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and European house Index Ventures.

Private Equity International's Publisher David Hawkins commented: "Henry Kravis received considerable media coverage thanks in part to his views on hedge funds. His firm was active both in terms of investments and exits throughout last year. And, like the private equity industry generally, KKR expanded its horizons in 2005, both geographically and with regard to strategies pursued. Likewise, Blackstone's remarkable fund raise brought it much attention. They will soon be officially closing the biggest buyout fund ever. This made them obvious candidates to win."

Other categories were less predictable, though. For example, North American Venture Firm of the Year went to Accel Partners, beating Sequoia into second place and Benchmark Capital into third. While in newer, emerging markets, South African based firm Brait was voted African Private Equity Firm of the Year and in Russia, seasoned investor Baring Vostok Capital Partners came top of the tables. Middle East Private Equity Firm of the Year was Dubai-based Abraaj Capital.

"The number and diversity of votes and voters made the 2005 awards especially interesting," commented Private Equity International Editor (Americas) David Snow. "The new categories reflect the fact that the asset class has taken root in a number of new markets that are already evidencing significant scale. We are not talking about an investment methodology just suited to Western, post-industrial economies: venture capital and private equity clearly are helping shape markets at all stages of the development spectrum and all over the world."

The results are also released in the 2005 Private Equity Annual Review, the 150-page book that was released today.

About the Global Private Equity Awards
The Global Private Equity Awards, sponsored by Private Equity International magazine and, a news service, are the most authoritative and prestigious awards in the private equity industry. Tens of thousands of readers vote in categories without shortlists or editorial judges. The people or firms to receive the most write-in votes win.

About Private Equity International
Private Equity International is the global magazine for private equity. One of the most widely read and recognized monthly magazines on private equity and venture capital. Written by one of the most highly regarded editorial teams with over thirty years combined experience of the industry. PEI delivers features, profiles and authoritative analysis on how the asset class is developing

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