Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) has built a reputation
for itself as one of the most recognizable names in finance. The
firm is perhaps most well known for its part in one of the largest
buyouts in history-the $31 billion takeover of RJR Nabisco, which
was later immortalized in the best-selling book and subsequent
television movie Barbarians at
the Gate. Today, KKR's private
equity portfolio includes 105 portfolios companies, which account
for $200 billion in annual revenues and employee close to 1 million
In recent years, KKR has expanded well beyond PE, and
now invests in many other asset classes, including energy,
infrastructure, real estate, credit strategies, and hedge funds.
Overall, it has nearly $99 billion in assets under management and
employs 1,300 people. The firm is still led by its founders:
Co-CEOs and Co-Chairmen Henry Kravis and George Roberts.