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Private Equity Booming

Traders Magazine, December 2001

Colleen O'Connor

Over the last five years, a whopping $236.29 billion has been poured into privately-held companies, according to Thomson Financial's VentureXpert in Newark, N.J. That's more than the $226.84 billion raised by initial public offerings in the same period. Sure, these days venture capitalists are spending more time nurturing their existing portfolio companies than ferreting out top-dollar deals.

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