I know I should be talking to headhunters instead of asking on an internet forum but here goes:
I graduated with a high GPA from a target in 2009. I went straight to aand worked as an Analyst/Associate for a couple years. I left the fund and started a services business in mid 2012. I saw some success and made ~$1M in 2013 and am on track to make ~$1.5 in 2014. I'm getting a bit bored of running the day-to-day and am exploring selling the company or otherwise stepping back. I'm looking to get back into the buy side (PE probably this time) but would probably rather start my own fund if I'm not at the Principal/Director level making $3M+. Does it seem crazy to expect compensation at that level without an MBA or many years of experience? At my company, I work 40-50 hours/week, am my own boss, and am run-rating at $1.75M/yr so I'd need a bump on that to do PE hours and work for somebody else.