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By Susan Barreto, Editor of Alternatives Watch

The alternative investment industry assets soared by at least $97 billion as measured by the fund launches and closes reported by Alternatives Watch in April 2021. The figure eclipses all of the assets raised in the first quarter, according to the latest AW Manager Scorecard.

Firm’s leading the way, were EQT, KKR, Ares Management, Genstar Capital and Ardian – accounting for $60.4 billion between them and showcasing the greater demand for private equity and real estate offerings, specifically.

For the year-to-date through April, private market fundraising totaled $192 billion as measured by the Alternatives Watch Manager Scorecard.

Private equity fund closes led March’s blockbuster fundraising in welcoming $25 billion in fresh capital, according to the latest Alternatives Watch Manager Scorecard that tallied a total of $45 billion in new capital inflows among private equity, private debt, hedge fund and real estate funds.

On annualized basis, alternatives managers are on track for a strong year for fundraising, with the first quarter seeing $95 billion in capital inflows to specific funds tracked by Alternatives Watch. By comparison, all of 2020, we tracked over $300 billion in fund closes and initial fundraises for a myriad of alternative investments.

The top 10 alternative investment funds raised, ranked by fund, follow below.

Manager Fund Name Assets raised ($m)

EQTEQT IX$19,000 
KKRKKR Asian Fund IV$15,000 
Ares Management Ares Capital Europe V$13,000 
Genstar CapitalGenstar Capital Partners X$11,700 
Ardian Ardian Buyout Fund VII$9,000 
BlackRock Real Assets BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power Fund III$4,800 
Generate AdvisorsCLO platform of York, Kennedy Lewis$4,200 
IPI PartnersIPI Partners II$3,800 
AlpInvest PartnersAlpInvest Co-Investment Fund VIII$3,500 
Peak Rock CapitalPeak Rock Capital Fund III$2,000 
Ares ManagementAres U.S. Real Estate Opportunity Fund III $1,700 

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