2013 Compensations for Big Four Founders


Rich lists seem to have started with the Forbes Four Hundred in the early 1980s and everyone seems to enjoy them. Simply listing an amount for someone does not provide any understanding of all the work, and years of experience, that resulted in an individual’s payday. Based on information compiled by The Wall Street Journal from public filings, below is a list of the 2013 compensation, in millions of dollars, for the founders of the Big Four Private Equity firms (Apollo, Blackstone, Carlyle, and KKR):

Apollo – Leon Black – $546.3 million

Apollo – Josh Harris – $275.9 million

Apollo – Marc Rowan – $257.9 million

Blackstone – Stephen Schwarzman – $465.4 million

Carlyle – Daniel D’Aniello – $202.8 million

Carlyle – David Rubenstein – $201.4 million

Carlyle – William Conway – $346.2 million

KKR – Henry Kravis – $161.4 million

KKR – George Roberts – $165.5 million

Each of the Big Four is a public company. Many of the founders listed above will re-invest in their firm a significant portion of their compensation listed above.


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