WSJ: Private Equity Gains Favor With B-School Graduates

<p>**Private</a> Equity Gains Favor With B-School Graduates -</p>

<p>Short but interesting article about a study done looking at MBA grads from:
HBS / Stanford / Wharton / INSEAD / LBS

<p>about the rising number of grads going into PE.... (I know what you are thinking, where's Haas?)</p>

<p>Can't access the content. I have the hard copy of the June 12, 2009 WSJ, though. What section/page is that article on?</p>


The percentage of graduates from the world's top business schools taking private-equity jobs has more than doubled in the past six years, according to the business schools' numbers.</p>

<p>Financial News analyzed figures from five of the most popular M.B.A. schools: Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.; the U.K.'s London Business School; and INSEAD, based in France and Singapore.</p>

<p>The percentage of Harvard M.B.A. graduates moving into private equity and venture capital has more than doubled, from 8% in 2003 to 21% among last year's graduates. In that time, the proportion moving into investment banking rose far less, from 7% in 2003 to 9% last year.</p>

<p>Data from Stanford showed a similar trend, with 9% of graduates choosing private equity in 2003 rising to 19% last year, compared with 4% and 5% for investment banking.</p>

<p>Harvard supplied the highest number of M.B.A. graduates moving to private equity last year, with 191. Stanford was second with 72, ahead of Wharton's 45, Insead's 25 and London's 22.</p>

<p>Private equity's rise in popularity reflects the perception that graduates could make more money working in the asset class than in investment banking, but also follows substantial growth in the size of the private-equity market.</p>

<p>However, an M.B.A. isn't a prerequisite for joining many private-equity firms. A sample of 10 large European and U.S. firms showed that 52% of the executives at partner level or above had obtained M.B.A.s.</p>

<p>Apax Partners OKC had the highest proportion of partners with M.B.A.s, with 77%, or 33 of its 43 partner-level executives, according to data from the firm.</p>

<p>Firms' Web sites showed French group PAI Partners had the lowest proportion, with 21%, or four of its 19 partner-level executives.</p>

<p>The private-equity units of U.S. firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Blackstone Group also had high proportions of MBAs among their senior staff, 61% and 63%, respectively.</p>

<p>Patrick Dunne, group communications director at 3i Group PLC, where 48% of partner-level staff had M.B.A.s, said: "For some people, [an M.B.A.] can be fantastically helpful -- for those without a finance background, for example, it can be a useful way of picking up necessary skills and knowledge."</p>

<p>Correct me if I'm wrong, but dont these people make loads of money?</p>