Who We Are

Our investments are designed to preserve and grow our limited partners’ capital, provide financial security for millions of retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional and individual investors, and contribute to overall economic growth.

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. The firm was founded in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Peter G. Peterson, who retired as Senior Chairman in 2008.

Thirty years later, we are a firm of more than 2,200 employees in more than 20 offices worldwide. Our portfolio companies employ more than 511,000 people across the globe.


Securing Futures

At Blackstone, we apply our capabilities as a leading global investment firm to deliver solutions, unlock value and propel growth. The capital we deploy on behalf of our investors fuels the development of businesses and communities. The investments we make are the wellsprings of future opportunity. Through this work, we seek to ensure a secure retirement for millions.



The solutions we provide reflect insights generated by our diverse, global business platform, which encompasses private equity and real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, and credit funds. We have built the firm on a strong foundation of intellectual and financial capital. We focus on attracting exceptionally talented people and on creating an atmosphere that rewards initiative, independent thinking, and integrity. Our solid financial base, including strong capital, ensures our capacity to deliver on our commitments.

Our People
The deep expertise of the Blackstone team gives us a base of intellectual capital on which to draw.
Our Scope
Our businesses are diversified across a wide spectrum of regions, industries, and asset classes, giving us the expertise, access to resources and critical mass to take advantage of investment opportunities on a global scale.
Our Performance
Our performance is characterized by a record of superior risk-adjusted returns across a broad and expanding range of asset classes and through all types of economic conditions.
Assets Under Management
*As of June 30, 2017
Blackstone has always been managed with a perspective of achieving successful growth over the long-term… Our management has consistently sought to focus on the best outcomes for our businesses and investments over a period of years rather than on the short-term impact.
- Blackstone Prospectus,
June 2007
In 1985 Blackstone opened its doors with a staff of four, including the two founders, Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and a balance sheet of $400,000. From these early beginnings, besides big dreams, the founders have held these core beliefs:

    In an environment of ever larger firms, the most gifted would desire a more personal setting and would join Blackstone to create exciting new businesses in their fields of expertise.


    In a world of giant organizations with a broad array of services, there was room for a specialized firm with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity, and senior-level attention to clients and relationships.


    In contrast to the prevailing philosophy of “other people’s money,” the firm would always put significant amounts of its own money in the investments it made.


    We will consistently strive to achieve superior performance through innovation, uniqueness and excellence.


    Above all else our people — their creativity, imagination, dedication, teamwork and integrity — will be our key assets.

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$371 billion
Assets Under Management

Private Equity
A global leader in traditional buyout, growth equity, special situations and secondary investing

Real Estate
One of the world’s largest real estate investors with a dominant platform in both equity and debt

Hedge Fund Solutions
The world’s largest discretionary hedge fund investor

Leading manager with a diverse credit portfolio spanning CLOs, leveraged lending, senior debt, mezzanine and rescue financing
Today, 30 years since the founding of the firm, we still run the firm in the same way.

That means thinking about the implications of every decision – from investments to growth initiatives, risk management to team building – in terms of years and decades rather than just months or quarters.


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our history
Blackstone is founded by Stephen A. Schwarzman and Peter G. Peterson.

They began with a balance sheet of $400,000 and a clear vision of an independent, conflict-free, client-focused firm whose interests would be closely aligned with those of its clients and investors.

BAAM, the firm’s Hedge Fund Solutions business, is founded.
The firm’s Real Estate group is formed.
Blackstone becomes the largest independent alternative asset manager.
The firm’s corporate debt group is formed.
The firm completes its IPO listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BX.
GSO Capital Partners is Acquired

GSO Capital Partners is acquired, firmly positioning itself as one of the largest credit-oriented alternative asset managers.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is established.
Blackstone establishes strategic partnership with Patria Investments in Brazil.
The firm’s Tactical Opportunities business launches.
Blackstone acquires Strategic Partners, our secondary private fund of funds business.
The firm spins off its Advisory, Restructuring, and Park Hill fund placement businesses, which are combined with PJT Capital LP to form PJT Partners.