Where does KKR recruit from?


KKR is one of the most storied American Private Equity investors. Founded in 1976 by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR has helped shape the modern private equity industry and manages about $367bn in assets as of today.


But what does it take to become a KKR associates? To answer the question, we really had to dig deep (the fund has 3,100 employees and more that 160 individuals with the Associate title). We have narrowed the sample down to 103 profiles in their deal team focusing primarily on the Credit and PE teams:



  • 77% of the profiles came from banking background, with names like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan producing the vast majority of the associates

  • Goldman Sachs has put up a characteristically strong showing with 18% (19 profiles)

  • Consulting was represented by McKinsey, Bain and BCG, however the big 4 (PWC, EY and KPMG) has also made a decent showing (with 1-3 profiles each).

  • Rival PE funds contributed only 6 profiles (however we note that this would look very differently for more senior profiles - e.g., VPs, or Principals)

To replicate these results or to explore the data in more detail, visit the KKR profile and go to "Frequency" tab.


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