Here are its hits and misses


KKR introduced the top of an period Monday with co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts saying they have been stepping again instantly to permit co-presidents Scott Nuttall and Joseph Bae to turn out to be co-CEOs.

The KKR co-founders, together with unique accomplice Jerome Kohlberg — who left the agency in 1987 and died in 2015 — are credited with inventing leveraged buyouts within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies.

KKR purchased companies by making small down funds and having the businesses they acquired borrow a lot of the remainder of the acquisition value — making the businesses answerable for reimbursement. The acquired firms would declare the money they borrowed as depreciation — working bills — and their tax charges would fall dramatically.

First, they purchased firms by means of LBOs for Bear Stearns and then launched their very own agency.

“This was something the KKR guys discovered. It was really driven by tax benefits,” John Canning, who shaped non-public fairness agency Madison Dearborn, stated on this reporter’s e-book, “The Buyout of America.” Canning funded lots of the first Kohlberg offers as a First Chicago lender.

KKR in 1986 purchased RJR Nabisco for $30 billion in a deal that was chronicled within the e-book and film “Barbarians at the Gate.”
Christopher Sadowski

By the early Nineteen Nineties, LBO companies  had rebranded themselves as non-public fairness companies. This got here after Michael Douglas portrayed a corporate-raiding character modeled on Kravis within the film Wall Street.

KKR additionally expanded into new areas, together with expertise and infrastructure investing — and it additionally grew globally, particularly in Asia.

KKR has gone from its artistic beginnings to having accomplished non-public fairness transactions price $655 billion of enterprise worth, in accordance with the agency. Presently, it owns firms starting from 1-800-Contacts, Gibson Guitars and US Foods to hospital biller Envision Healthcare.

The agency is without doubt one of the nation’s greatest non-public employers by means of the companies it owns probably overseeing multiple million employees.

So, what have been a few of its greatest hits and misses?


  • KKR in 2018 invested $400 million for a stake in AppLovin, a software maker for cellular gaming apps, at a $2 billion valuation. AppLovin went public this year and presently has a $33 billion valuation. KKR has made greater than $6 billion.
  • KKR in 1986 invested solely $132 million of fairness in a extremely levered $4.3 billion buyout of grocery store chain Safeway. After 17 years, KKR made greater than $7 billion.
  • The co-founders when working for Bear Stearns in 1972 purchased Vapor Corp., makers of door-opening methods for mass-transit networks. They put down $4.4 million, and would produce a 12 instances return in six years. A 1975 buyout of Rockwell division Incom, which made gears and filters, resulted in a 22 instances return.
  • KKR raised its first infrastructure fund in 2011 attracting $1 billion. This year, it raised a $14 billion infrastructure fund tremendously rising the agency’s attain and income.


  • KKR in 1986 purchased RJR Nabisco for $30 billion in a deal that was chronicled within the e-book and film “Barbarians at the Gate.” KKR ultimately traded half its shares in RJR for Borden Inc. and a lot of what Borden grew to become went bankrupt.
  • KKR in 2007 co-led the most important LBO of all time, a $45 billion buyout of Dallas utility TXU. KKR lost about $4 billion when the business went bankrupt seven years later.
  • KKR was one of many lead buyers within the $6.6 billion 2005 leveraged buyout of Toys R Us. The chain liquidated in 2017 and after a public outcry KKR contributed $10 million to a severance fund for employees.