Kenneth Hersh

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Kenneth A. Hersh
Kenneth A Hersh - Sept 2012.jpg
ResidenceDallas, Texas, US
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Stanford Business School (MBA)
OccupationCofounder and chairman of NGP Energy Capital Management / CEO, president, and board member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Years active1980s-present
OrganizationNGP Capital Management, George W. Bush Presidential Center, The Carlyle Group
WebsiteHersh at The Carlyle Group

Kenneth A. Hersh (born 1963) is an American businessman and financier. He is the chairman and former CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management (NGP), a private equity firm based in Texas. He is the CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Energy Transfer Partners was one of Hersh's more notable investments with NGP, netting NGP a nearly 3,000% return on investment.[1] The Carlyle Group acquired a $424 million stake in NGP Energy Capital and appointed Hersh as a senior advisor.[1]

Hersh is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum, and is also on the boards of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) and the George W. Bush Foundation. On May 31, 2016, he was appointed CEO and president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kenneth "Ken" Hersh was born in 1963 in Dallas, Texas, where he spent his childhood.[1] In 1969, Hersh attended the St. Mark's School of Texas for both his primary and secondary education. He graduated from St. Mark's in 1981. Hersh subsequently attended Princeton University in New Jersey. He then attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he graduated with an MBA in business administration in 1989, with designation as an Arjay Miller Scholar.[citation needed]


Hersh joined Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in 1985, where he worked with an energy group. Richard Rainwater offered him a position as a manager for Natural Gas Partners, a newly formed private equity fund in 1988.[1] Along with Rainwater and Gamble Baldwin, Hersh and David Albin co-founded the private equity fund Natural Gas Partners (NGP) in November 1988,[2] as an energy fund focused on the oil and gas industries.[1] By the early 1990s the firm had established a pattern of funding entrepreneurs and helping startup companies undergo mergers and acquisitions.[3]

Hersh was appointed the chief investment officer at Rainwater Inc. in 1994.[citation needed] By March 2005, the NGP platform managed $1.6 billion in funds[4][5] and had invested approximately $1.3 billion in around 70 private energy companies in North America. It had also structured and negotiated transactions totaling around $10 billion.[4] Energy Transfer Partners proved to be one of Hersh's more notable investments, as the company netted NGP a nearly 3,000% return on investment over the course of five years.[1]

Barclays Capital, an arm of Barclays Bank, purchased a 40% stake in NGP Energy Capital Management's stock in October 2006[6] in what the Financial Times reported was "believed to be among the largest ever [stake] taken in a private equity firm by an outside investor."[6] At the time, NGP managed about $3.5 billion.[6] By 2012, NGP had $12.1 billion under management, with around 75% of NGP's business involved in the acquisition and exploitation of gas and oil properties.[7] In December 2012, through Barclays Natural Resource Investments,[8] the Carlyle Group acquired a $424 million stake in NGP Energy Capital.[7] In 2012, Hersh was appointed a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group, and was given the role of assisting in the "execution of the firm’s natural resources investment strategies."[9]

Hersh (right) at the Global Adaptation Summit in 2012.

Hersh served as NGP's CEO until 2015, at which point he took on the role of chairman instead. He also continued sitting on the NGP investment committees. NGP Energy Capital Management remains an energy affiliate of The Carlyle Group,[10] and May 2016, Hersh was currently deputy chief investment officer for energy and natural resources and serves as senior advisor for its natural resources division.[11][12] On May 31, 2016, the George W. Bush Foundation appointed Hersh as the new CEO and president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.[9] Among other responsibilities, the role made Hersh the manager of the[13] Presidential Library and Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas.[14] Hersh was also appointed to the board of the George W. Bush Foundation.[9]

Global Adaptation Institute[edit]

In 2010, Hersh founded the Global Adaptation Institute, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C.[15] He served as chairman until January 2013.[15] Hersh serves on the advisory board of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Elizabeth Souder, "Dallas-area energy investor Ken Hersh burns bright", The Dallas Morning News, October 19, 2010. Accessed October 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Stowers, Don (January 1, 2006). "NGP forms $1.3 billion fund, its 8th in 17 years, into technology sector as well". Oil and Gas Financial Journal. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  3. ^ Phyllis Berman, "Gas-Fired", Forbes, November 13, 2000. Accessed November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Natural Gas Partners Announces the Promotion of William J. Quinn to Managing Partner". Natural Gas Partners press release. March 21, 2005. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  5. ^ "Natural Gas Partners Appoints Oil and Gas Entrepreneur Charles R. Stephenson as a Venture Partner". NGP press release. March 5, 2005. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  6. ^ a b c White, Ben (October 26, 2006). "Barclays takes 40% stake in NGP Energy Capital". Financial Times. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  7. ^ a b Jacobson, Gary (December 20, 2012). "Carlyle Group acquires $424 million stake in Irving-based NGP Energy Capital". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  8. ^ "Twenty years of PE: NGP's Hersh on the "Resource Curse"". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Kenneth Hersh Named President & CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center". May 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  10. ^ DeJarnette, Jordan. "2015 CG 10Q".
  11. ^ Jacobius, Arleen (May 23, 2016). "Carlyle's head of global market strategies to leave". Pensions and Investments. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  12. ^ rimack, Dan P (May 20, 2016). "Management Shakeup at The Carlyle Group". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  13. ^ Steele, Tom (May 13, 2016). "Energy investor Kenneth Hersh chosen to lead Bush Center". The Scoop Blog / Dallas News. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  14. ^ "Ken Hersh '81 Leads Bush Center". St. Mark's School of Texas. June 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  15. ^ a b Annin, Peter (April 18, 2013). "GAIN Index moves to Notre Dame". Notre Dame News. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  16. ^ Dame, Marketing Communications: Web // University of Notre. "KENNETH HERSH // Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative // University of Notre Dame". Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative. Retrieved 2018-05-30.

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