Berkshire Partners

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Berkshire Partners
Private ownership
Industry Private equity
Founded 1984; 33 years ago (1984)
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Products Private equity funds, Leveraged buyouts
Total assets Increase US$ 11 billion

Berkshire Partners is an American private equity firm that has invested in over 100 middle market companies since 1986 through eight investment funds with aggregate capital commitments of $11 billion. Berkshire has developed specific industry experience in several areas including consumer products and retail, business services, industrial manufacturing, transportation and communications. The firm has invested over $50 million to $500 million of equity capital in each portfolio company.


Berkshire Partners was founded by Bradley M. Bloom, J. Christopher Clifford, Carl Ferenbach, Richard K. Lubin and Russell L. Epker in 1984. The firm traces its roots back to Boston's Thomas H. Lee Partners, a large-cap private equity firm founded a decade earlier. Since its founding in 1984, Berkshire has raised eight private equity funds with total investor commitments of $11.0 billion since inception.

  • Berkshire Fund I (1984) - $59 million
  • Berkshire Fund II (1986) - $125 million
  • Berkshire Fund III (1992) - $168 million
  • Berkshire Fund IV (1996) - $387 million
  • Berkshire Fund V (1998) - $985 million
  • Berkshire Fund VI (2002) - $1.7 billion
  • Berkshire Fund VII (2006) - $3.1 billion
  • Berkshire Fund VIII (2011) - $4.5 billion
  • Berkshire Fund IX (2016) - $5.5 billion


Since its inception in 1984, Berkshire Partners has invested in over 100 companies and developed specific industry experience in several areas including retailing, consumer products, manufacturing, transportation, energy, business services and communications.


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