The Private Equity Program was launched by Columbia Business School in 2007. Since then, it as served as the School's primary point of contact with the private equity industry, unifying students, alumni, the Columbia community, and the business community into a single network. The program is dedicated to forging ever closer ties with the industry by reinforcing the academic commitment to linking theory and practice by engaging with alumni who continue to lead development in both the private equity and venture capital industries worldwide.
Columbia Business School graduates have played leading roles in shaping the private equity and venture capital industries — among them Russ Carson ’67, general partner and cofounder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and Henry Kravis ’69, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co..
Industry relationships developed and deepened by the program enable the Business School and Columbia University to collaborate on private equity-related initiatives. This mutually beneficial arrangement engages the larger University community with the private equity industry while broadening the scope and intellectual breadth of the Private Equity Program.
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