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SI 50: The world’s top secondaries firms

The fundraising environment is undeniably brutal right now, but the secondaries industry is growing in popularity. In total, $37.2 billion was raised by secondaries firms in the first half of 2023 – up 29 percent year on year.

The 50 firms in the 2023 edition of the Secondaries Investor 50 collectively raised $434.4 billion in the five and a half years covered by our ranking – up 13 percent a year ago.


Rank Fund Manager Headquarters Capital raised ($m)
1 Blackstone Strategic Partners New York 51,339
2 Ardian Paris 49,796
3 Goldman Sachs New York 32,938
4 Lexington Partners New York 26,800
5 LGT Capital Partners Pfaeffikon 21,115
6 StepStone Group La Jolla 20,358
7 HarbourVest Partners Boston 18,162
8 Partners Group Baar-Zug 16,579
9 Ares Management Los Angeles 16,134
10 Pantheon London 14,881



The 2023 SI 50 ranking is based on the amount of dedicated secondaries capital raised for funds that closed between 1 January 2018, and 30 June 2023.

Secondaries: For purposes of the SI 50, the definition of ‘secondaries capital’ is capital raised for a dedicated programme of investing directly into the secondaries market. This includes equity capital for diversified private equity, real estate, buyout, growth equity, venture capital and turnaround or control-orientated distressed secondaries investment opportunities.

Capital raised: This refers to capital definitively committed to a secondaries investment programme. In the case of a fundraise, it means the fund has had a final or official interim close after 1 January, 2018. You may count the full amount of a fund if it has a close after this date, and you may count the full amount of an interim close (a real one, not a ‘soft circle’) that has occurred recently, even if no official announcement has been made. We also count capital raised through co-investment vehicles.

Structures: Limited partnerships; co-investment funds; separate accounts; capital raised by secondaries firms that happen to be publicly traded; and seed capital and GP commitments.

Strategies: Private equity secondaries; real estate secondaries; infrastructure secondaries; real assets secondaries; dedicated direct secondaries funds; and secondaries-specific capital raised by funds of funds.

Not counted: Expected capital commitments, public funds, contributions from sponsoring entities, hedge funds, capital raised on a deal-by-deal basis, leverage, PIPE investments and ESG funds that prioritise financial return over impact.


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In addition to the SI 50, Secondaries Investor also compiles the Next Gen Leaders list each year. Click here to access the latest Next Gen Leaders list.

What’s more, our sister titles also produce their own industry rankings covering private equity, private debt, infrastructure investing and private real estate.

To view the latest rankings from Private Equity International, Private Debt InvestorInfrastructure Investor and PERE, simply navigate through the sections below:


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