Praise for The New Tycoons
"Jason Kelly has tenaciously reported on the private equity industry during its boom and bust. This lively book gives the reader a highly readable and enjoyable ′bird′s–eye view′ of some of the most interesting and traumatic years in the industry′s history."
JOSH LERNER, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School, and Director, Private Capital Research Institute
"Jason Kelly provides a fascinating account of the transformation of the private equity industry from relative obscurity a few decades ago to a major player in corporate America today. His book is a must–read for anybody who wants to know the individuals and the decisions they made that created this trillion dollar industry. The New Tycoons is well written as well as informative from the first to the last page."
JAMES R. BARTH, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance, Auburn University, and Senior Finance Fellow, Milken Institute
"In The New Tycoons, Jason Kelly provides an inside look at the private equity industry today. He does a terrific job of describing the fascinating histories and current strategies of many of the major private equity players."
STEVEN N. KAPLAN, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
"Jason′s book delves into what′s behind the private equity curtain, describing both the business and its impact. As he was granted unparalleled access to the chieftains of private equity, the book has insights??that both the private equity professional and casual reader can appreciate. At a time when people are wondering what this industry is all about, this is an easy read and a thorough explanation of an important industry and its global presence in our lives."
PAUL SCHAYE, Managing Director, Chestnut Hill Partners, LLC
A Visual Tour of Private Equity xi
Deciphering Private Equity xv
Chapter 1 Find the Money 1
Chapter 2 All the Money in the World 19
Chapter 3 The L Word 43
Chapter 4 You Bought a Toilet Seat? When Was the Last Time 55
Chapter 5 Modern Art 73
Chapter 6 Put on Your Boots 95
Chapter 7 Aura of Cool 111
Chapter 8 Hundreds and Billions 123
Chapter 9 Take This Exit 141
Chapter 10 The Taxman Cometh 155
Chapter 11 It s a Steve, Steve, Steve World 165
Chapter 12 Not–So–Private Equity 187
About the Author 215
Subtitled Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry that owns Everything, Kelly tries to demystify the complex world of private equity through telling the stories of the leading characters and key firms in the industry.
A Bloomberg news reporter, Kelly is familiar with his subject and he traces the mushrooming of this industry from a relatively small niche area of financial service into a globally powerful phenomenon.
The book has a timely edge given the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, a former chief executive of Bain Capital, and is certainly well researched.
Kelly notes that he is trained to look for surprise and that as he researched the book, the omnipresence of the industry surprised even him. So much is owned by the industry, and the appetite to run the numbers on businesses that are not, appears to be relentless.
Kelly does his best to make the complex simple with glossaries and charts; it is a challenging read nonetheless.
Although interesting for the general reader, the book will be of most interest to those who work in the global financial services industry and who can relate readily to the firms under consideration here. (Irishtimes.com, November 2012)