The Top 7 Private Equity Fund of Funds

One of the biggest challenges faced by alternative investment sales professionals within the fund of fund channel is knowing the underlying fund’s area of focus, and who to call on.

As fund of funds differentiate themselves based on their skill of identifying, evaluating, and monitoring managers, they often have a large number of specialized analysts with an often global footprint.

Fund of funds are often able to invest early, move quicker, and allocate larger amounts than many other allocators and should be a key area of focus for every alternative strategy across its lifecycle. 

At Dakota, we’ve been raising capital within the fund of funds channel since 2006, and have raised over $30 billion dollars over the last fourteen years. In that time we’ve also established Dakota Marketplace, an institutional investor database of accounts and contacts that houses all of this information.

To help you narrow down the size of the channel, we’ve put together a list of the seven largest fund of fund platforms that focus on private equity strategies. By the end of this article, you will have a better idea of the channel, as well as who might be the right people for you and your team to call on.

1. HarbourVest

AUM: $98B
Metro: Boston, Massachusetts

2. Pathway Capital Management 

AUM: $90B
Metro: Los Angeles, California 

3. Pantheon 

AUM: $84.6B
Metro: San Francisco, California 

4. AlpInvest

AUM: $55B
Metro: New York, New York 

5. Partners Group

AUM: $127B
Metro: New York, New York 

6. Portfolio Advisors 

AUM: $38 B
Metro: Darien, Connecticut

7. Horsley Bridge Partners LLC

AUM: $28B 
Metro: San Francisco, California

For more information and to see the full list of Fund of Funds, we'd love to offer you a free trial of Dakota Marketplace!

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Written By: Gui Costin, Founder, CEO

Gui Costin is the Founder and CEO of Dakota.


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