Private equity is money invested in firms which have not made their initial public offering or IPO. Private equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies. The capital that is raised from investors, whether retail or institutional, can be used in a number of ways. It is often used to invest in or to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, to make acquisitions or to strengthen a balance sheet. It is not unusual for large private equity transactions to take place. In 2017, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts was the largest private equity investor worldwide with 100 deals.
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