Private-equity firms cash in on boom times

The past year has been a bumper period for the private-equity industry at home and abroad, and the future for the industry looks bright.

23rd September, 2006

The past year has been a bumper period for the private-equity industry at home and abroad, and the future for the industry looks bright.

In 1989, Henry Kravis orchestrated Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ $30.2 billion leveraged buyout of food and tobacco company RJR Nabisco, a deal that became immortalised in the book and subsequent film Barbarians At The Gate.

Believe it or not, the RJR Nabisco deal by KKR stood as the biggest ever leveraged buyout until...

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