Founded in 1987, the Carlyle Group is one of the largest and most well known alternative asset management funds in the world, with $188 billion of assets under management. Its assets span across 126 funds and 160 fund of funds, and it operates through four main business segments: corporate private equity, real assets, global market strategies, and investment solutiouns.
The firm has 40 offices on six continents. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has additional offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As of 2015, it employed 1,700 professionals.
In addition to its investing prowess, Carlyle is well known for its high profile roster of former employees and affiliates. Former President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker III, former British Prime Minister John Major, and international financier George Soros have all worked for Carlyle.