Exit opportunities for GS TMT and MS M&A

Everyone here says those two groups are the "best" for placing into PE, but what does "best" mean? I know it means headhunters pursue them the most, but for the final count are the majority of analysts going into KKR/Blackstone, or do ~20-30% do (versus 5-10% everywhere else), or somewhere in between? I keep hearing they are the "best" and would love some context for that

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GS, MS, elite boutiques like Blackstone, LAZ, top groups at JPM, all have pretty much the same exit opps--which just that means that headhunters at the top PE firms will reach out to you in Dec/Jan.

If you can get an interview, it's pretty much a level playing field, so it's not like PE firms need to meet some 20-30% quota with only people from certain firms/groups. I guess in a sense it's similar to going to a target school for undergrad recruiting.

Look at the PE firms' websites if you want to see where they hire from. There aren't nearly as many people from GS TMT as you might think.

There aren't nearly as many people from GS TMT as you might think.


I never bothered verifying this (not quite bored enough to read everyone's bios on the website), but my friend counted and said KKR only has 3 or 4 out of 107 people investment professionals in PE/asset management who were from GS TMT, and 3 from MS M&A. This is globally, not just north america

Basically, if you go to a top group, you'll get all the interviews you want, but whether you get the exit opp you want depends completely on how you do at those interviews.


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