Blackstone Blog

  • Dec 23, 2014

    Congratulations to Kyle Negrete: 2014 Peter G. Peterson Award Recipient

    The 2014 recipient of the Peter G. Peterson Award for Excellence in Business and Community Service is Kyle Negrete, an Analyst at GSO. The Peterson Award honors the many contributions of Blackstone’s Co-Founder, Peter G. Peterson, and is given annually to an employee who has shown a deep commitment to excellence inside and outside the firm. Recipients are nominated by their peers and chosen by Blackstone’s Executive Committee.
  • Dec 22, 2014

    Blackstone Named "Private Equity Firm of the Year" by The Oil Council

    The Oil Council, the world’s largest network of oil and gas executives, recently named Blackstone “Private Equity Firm of the Year.” To view the full list of awards, click here.
  • Dec 17, 2014

    Blackstone 2014 Global Volunteer Days

    In 2014, Blackstone employees worldwide gave back to their local communities through Blackstone’s Global Volunteer Days organized around the world. Over the course of the year, more than 1,100 Blackstone employees from eight of our offices participated in volunteer events, donating a total of 3,963 hours to various organizations.
  • Dec 12, 2014

    Blackstone Participates in Movember to Raise Funds for Men’s Health

    More than 40 employees from across business groups at Blackstone recently participated in the Movember Foundation’s annual campaign, which “challenges men to grow moustaches during the month of Movember (formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs,” which support men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Attends First Meeting of National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, recently attended the first organizational meeting of the 2014-2016 National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on which she was selected to serve. NACIE advises the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.
  • Dec 09, 2014

    Blackstone Honored at the 2014 American Financial Technology Awards, CTO Bill Murphy Wins “Best Technology Executive, Buy Side”

    For the second year in a row, Blackstone was the only firm to win multiple awards at the American Financial Technology Awards (AFTAs). Hosted by Waters Magazine at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Monday evening, winning the “Best Technology Executive, Buy Side” award was Blackstone’s Chief Technology Officer, Bill Murphy, and "Best IT Integration Initiative” award for “BX Workflows,” which streamlined business processes for Strategic Partners Fund Solutions, which Blackstone acquired in 2013. The AFTAs recognize excellence in the deployment and management of financial technology within the asset management and investment banking communities.
  • Dec 08, 2014

    Blackstone Ranked Best Place to Work in Alternatives for Second Year

    Today, for the second year in a row, Blackstone was ranked #1 in the “alternatives” category by Pensions & Investments, the international newspaper of money management, which ranks U.S.-based asset managers on the results of employer and employee surveys. P&I's partner on the project, Buck Consultants LLC, calculated the rankings based on responses on the questionnaires.
  • Dec 04, 2014

    Joe Baratta on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle

    Yesterday, Blackstone Global Head of Private Equity Joe Baratta spoke with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” to discuss Blackstone’s private equity business. Click here to watch the full replay.
  • Nov 25, 2014

    Blackstone Brings A-Game to East Harlem Tutorial Program’s 2nd Annual 3-on-3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament

    Blackstone is proud to have participated in the East Harlem Tutorial Program’s 2nd Annual 3-on-3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament held earlier this month. At its after-school programs and charter schools, EHTP prepares students with the academic skills, strength of character, and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and to realize their best possible selves.
  • Nov 20, 2014

    Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day Experience: Entrepreneurs in Their Own Words

    The first annual Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day demonstrated the impact of Blackstone LaunchPad’s mission to promote entrepreneurship as a viable career path. We're pleased to share highlights from Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day winners and participants in their own words below.
  • Nov 19, 2014

    17 Thoughts from Steve Schwarzman on Leadership, Hiring and Building a Business

    Yesterday, Blackstone’s Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman was interviewed as part of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s View From The Top speaker series. Below, we’ve collected 17 tweets, directly from members of the audience, highlighting Steve’s personal take on leadership, hiring, and how to build a business.
  • Nov 17, 2014

    Jon Gray on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle

    Last week, Blackstone Global Head of Real Estate Jon Gray spoke with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” to discuss global real estate.
  • Nov 11, 2014

    A Veterans Day Message from Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman

    As our nation’s military has been called upon to combat challenges from Sunni militants to Ebola, we must not forget the fight that too many veterans encounter when they return home to secure employment. Blackstone and the Obama Administration’s Joining Forces initiative have been working to put the right set of support services in place and mobilize the private sector to make it easier to find and hire veterans. In April 2013, we committed to hire 50,000 American veterans across our portfolio of more than 80 companies over five years.
  • Nov 05, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Hosts First Annual Blackstone LaunchPad Conference and Demo Day

    Last week, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation hosted its first annual Blackstone LaunchPad Conference and Demo Day. Blackstone LaunchPad is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, idea and venture creation support.
  • Oct 31, 2014

    Blackstone’s Verdun Perry Delivers Remarks at Morehouse College’s Crown Forum

    Verdun Perry, Co-Head of Strategic Partners at Blackstone, spoke last week to approximately 1,000 students at Morehouse College’s Crown Forum. Mr. Perry received his B.A from Morehouse, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Lessons shared in his remarks have been excerpted below.
  • Oct 22, 2014

    Blackstone LaunchPad Hosts First Annual Conference and Demo Day

    On October 27th and 28th, Blackstone LaunchPad representatives from across the country will come together in New York for the first annual Blackstone LaunchPad Conference and Demo Day. This event will be the first time that the entire Blackstone LaunchPad network will assemble to share best practices, network, and hear directly from Blackstone and the Foundation. The group will include faculty representatives from all 15 Blackstone LaunchPad university programs, 20 student venture team representatives, distinguished entrepreneurs and members of the Blackstone Community.
  • Oct 17, 2014

    Blackstone Hosts 2nd Annual Veterans Initiative Summit

    On September 22nd and 23rd, Blackstone hosted its Second Annual Veterans Hiring Summit, designed to help hiring executives within corporations share best practices on attracting and recruiting veterans and to assist representatives from the U.S. military and government as they work in coordination with Blackstone portfolio companies.
  • Oct 17, 2014

    Blackstone Employees Volunteer with New York Cares and the Riverside Park Conservancy

    Last weekend 65 Blackstone employees from across the firm volunteered with New York Cares and the Riverside Park Conservancy to help clean-up and revitalize New York’s Riverside Park. Despite the rain, the Blackstone team quickly got to work and exceeded expectation. In total, the team cleared out 5,100 square feet of the park, removed 20 bags of debris, and installed 75 plants.
  • Oct 09, 2014

    Blackstone Ranks #1 Globally in Thomson Reuters Restructuring League Table

    Blackstone recently ranked #1 globally for completed restructurings in Thomson Reuters’ Distressed Debt & Bankruptcy Restructuring Review. During the first three quarters of 2014, Blackstone advised debtors and creditors on the restructuring of over $33 billion of liabilities.
  • Oct 01, 2014

    Blackstone Publishes New “Black” Paper on Illiquidity in Alternative Investments

    Wealthy individual investors are under-allocated to illiquid alternatives, despite the fact that they offer an opportunity to enhance portfolio returns. Why? In this paper, we take a look at the return opportunity in private market alternatives and explore ways to mitigate their perceived investment challenges.