Blum Capital

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Blum Capital Partners
Type Private
Industry Private equity
Founded 1975
Founders Richard C. Blum
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Products Leveraged buyout, PIPE, Growth capital
Total assets $4.5 billion[1]
Employees 30+

Blum Capital Partners (formerly Blum Capital) is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout, growth capital and PIPE investments in small cap and middle-market companies across a range of industries. The firm is known for pioneering a hybrid private equity / strategic block investment strategy in public companies.

The firm, which is based in San Francisco, was founded in 1975 by Richard C. Blum. The firm has raised approximately $4.5 billion since inception across four institutional private equity funds raised since 1998.


Prior to founding Blum Capital, Richard C. Blum worked at Sutro & Co. an investment management and brokerage firm founded in 1858. While at Sutro, Blum led a partnership that acquired the struggling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1967 for $8 million and sold it to Mattel Inc. for $40 million just four years later.

Among Blum Capital's most notable investments have been Fair Isaac,[2] Lenovo,[3] DHL Airways[4] and CB Richard Ellis.[5][6][7]

In 1994, Blum Capital entered into a joint venture, Newbridge Capital, with Texas Pacific Group and Acon Investments to invest in Asia and Latin America.


On October 9, 2012, Wolverine World Wide, Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital took over Collective Brands. [8]


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