Here are the 19 richest private-equity titans in America

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Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group.
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Thomson Reuters

Forbes’ “Richest Americans” list just dropped and it’s packed with pros from the private-equity business.

At the top of the heap is Blackstone Group’s founder, chairman, and CEO, Steve Schwarzman. He ranks No. 38 overall.

Blackstone’s stock has outperformed that of all other listed private-equity competitors over the past five years.

The company has pushed into real estate in a big way in recent years. It went on a real-estate buying spree after the financial crisis, ending up as the largest private-sector landlord in America.

The list also includes long-time industry veterans who have regularly graced Forbes’ list, up-and-coming leveraged-buyout pros who are still making a name for themselves, and a pair of siblings who have earned a reputation as two of the most competitive brothers in the business.

Business Insider breaks down Forbes’ rich list, based on a who’s who in private equity:


Jonathan Gray

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YouTube/blackstonegroup

Rank: No. 392

Net Worth: $1.7 billion

Age: 45

Fund: Blackstone Group

Source: Forbes


Jonathan Nelson

Rank: No. 342

Net Worth: $2 billion

Age: 59

Fund: Providence Equity

Source: Forbes


Howard Marks

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Distressed-debt investor Marks founded Oaktree Capital about 20 years ago.
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Screenshot via Bloomberg TV

Rank: No. 342

Net Worth: $2 billion

Age: 69

Fund: Oaktree Capital

Source: Forbes


Bruce Karsh

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Karsh is Oaktree Capital’s cofounder and cochairman.
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Oaktree Capital

Rank: No. 342

Net Worth: $2 billion

Age: 59

Fund: Oaktree Capital

Source: Forbes


Thomas Lee

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Lee founded Lee Equity Partners.
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REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Rank: No. 342

Net Worth: $2 billion

Age: 71

Fund: Lee Equity Partners

Source: Forbes


Alec Gores

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Both Alec and his brother Tom grace Forbes’ list this year.
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Getty Images

Rank: No. 327

Net Worth: $2.1 billion

Age: 62

Fund: The Gores Group

Source: Forbes


James Coulter

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Rank: No. 307

Net worth: $2.2 billion

Age: 55

Fund: TPG Capital

Source: Forbes


Marc Rowan

Rank: No. 279

Net Worth: $2.2 billion

Age: 53

Fund: Apollo Global Management

Source: Forbes


Robert F. Smith

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Smith is CEO of Vista Equity Partners.
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http://robertfsmith.org/post/118605075721/robert-f-smith-is-the-founder-chairman-and-ceo

Rank: No. 268

Net Worth: $2.5 billion

Age: 52

Fund: Vista Equity Partners

Source: Forbes


Josh Harris

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Harris has gone from making his money in private equity to also becoming an owner of a professional basketball franchise.
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YouTube

Rank: No. 268

Net Worth: $2.5 billion

Age: 50

Fund: Apollo Global Management

Source: Forbes


David Rubenstein

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Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group, seen in 2010.
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REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rank: No. 256

Net Worth: $2.6 billion

Age: 66

Fund: The Carlyle Group

Source: Forbes


Dan D’Aniello

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D’Aniello outfitted in garb from a Carlyle investment: Dunkin’ Donuts.
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Youtube

Rank: No. 256

Net Worth: $2.6 billion

Age: 69

Fund: The Carlyle Group

Source: Forbes


William Conway

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Conway is cofounder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.
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YouTube

Rank: No. 256

Net Worth: $2.6 billion

Age: 66

Fund: The Carlyle Group

Source: Forbes


David Bonderman

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Bonderman is a founding partner of TPG Capital.
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REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Rank: No. 265

Net Worth: $2.6 billion

Age: 71

Fund: TPG Capital

Source: Forbes


Tom Gores

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Tomgores.com

Rank: No. 194

Net Worth: $3.3 billion

Age: 51

Firm: Platinum Equity

Source: Forbes


Henry Kravis

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The cochair and co-CEO of KKR took a slight tumble in the Forbes rankings, down from No. 94 last year.
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Wikipedia

Rank: No. 108

Net Worth: $4.8 billion

Age: 71

Fund: KKR

Source: Forbes


George Roberts

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Roberts is one of the cofounders of the private-equity firm KKR.
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FT.com via You Tube

Rank: No. 108

Net Worth: $4.8 billion

Age: 72

Fund: KKR

Source: Forbes


Leon Black

Rank: No. 94

Net Worth: $5 billion

Age: 64

Fund: Apollo Global Management

Source: Forbes


Steve Schwarzman

Rank: No. 38

Net Worth: $11.6 billion

Age: 68

Fund: The Blackstone Group

Source: Forbes