Private Equity

Private Equity

Private equity is a core pillar of BlackRock’s alternatives platform. BlackRock’s Private Equity teams manage USD$41.9 billion in capital commitments across direct, primary, secondary and co-investments.

Why BlackRock for private equity?

Private equity is an essential element of investors’ portfolios. Investors are seeking differentiated strategies for their private equity allocations based on their unique needs, including risk and return objectives, cash flow profiles and overall cost. Our platform takes a holistic approach to investors’ private equity portfolios and is designed to offer strategies and solutions that align with client objectives and deliver persistent outperformance.

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

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True alignment with client needs
We are built to share our advantages with clients— and steadfast in our commitment to provide efficient exposure to private equity in formats tailored to their needs.
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Differentiated sourcing enabled by a centralized platform
Our sourcing machine, comprised of networks in public and private markets and a brand that has enabled proprietary access, is core to our ability to generate alpha.
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Insights amplified with technology
A market-leading analytics platform provides an edge with exceptional visibility across asset classes, and deep views across companies, industries and macro trends.

Learn more about private equity at BlackRock

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Evolution and innovation in private equity

Following two decades of strong growth, private equity now presents a large collection of strategy offerings and multiple ways to invest. BlackRock has been a major contributor to this evolution, from our role as an early mover in co-investments to our early adoption of ESG policies to our introduction of an innovative, client-aligned direct strategy.  

This timeline depicts the history of private equity at BlackRock.


Source: BlackRock Nov 2022, for illustrative purposes only.

Private equity investment strategies

Our approaches span the private equity toolkit, offering investors exposure to private equity through direct, primary, secondary, and co-investment strategies. While the approaches differ, they share the strengths of a common platform as they seek to deliver top quartile performance across investment cycles.


We are designed to deliver compounded private equity returns and better alignment with investors and investee companies. The strategy is predicated on asset selection that prioritizes proven, high-quality businesses and value creation through active collaboration with management teams.
Direct private equity


We have been leaders in co-investments since 2001. More than half of co-investment capital has gone into pre-bid transactions, enabling us to do deeper due diligence, have stronger influence on results and obtain scalable allocations.


We take a systematic approach, with long-term pipeline visibility based on comprehensive market coverage. Robust portfolio planning enables diversification across managers, vintages, strategies/stages, geographies, sectors and sizes.


Investors buy shares in PE funds on the secondary market to access more mature assets, diversify their portfolios and capitalize on market dislocations. Our experienced secondaries team leverages BlackRock’s advantages to deliver on all fronts.