ABOUT THIS COMPANY:Private equity fame game
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) has built a reputation for itself through fame and infamy as one of the most recognizable names in private equity's short history. The firm may be 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 still has stature within the private equity community but stacks up slightly behind its major competitors in size, ranking fourth in the largest private equity firms of 2008, according to Private Equity International. Since the firm was established in 1976, it has completed more than 165 transactions with a total value of $424 billion. Its current investments are valued at about $86 billion. KKR has 13 offices worldwide, including locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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