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Global Alternatives Survey 2014 - Including the top alternative asset manager rankings

Author: Towers Watson
Date: July 2014

Abstract:

  • In 2014, total global alternative assets under management hit $5.7 trillion
  • Real estate managers have the largest share of alternative assets under control at 31%
  • Pension fund assets represent 33% of the Top 100 alternative managers’ assets.

 This year’s Global Alternatives Survey shows that the total global alternative assets under management hit $5.7 trillion. The survey, which is produced in conjunction with the Financial Times, itemises real assets and illiquid credit for the first time, and also includes the top-ranked managers, by assets under management (AuM), in each area.

Of the Top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (31% and over $1 trillion), followed by private equity fund managers (23% and $753 billion), hedge funds (22% and $724 billion), private equity funds of funds (PEFoFs) (10% and $322 billion), funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) (5% and $173 billion), infrastructure (4%) and commodities (2%).

The research – which includes data on a diverse range of institutional investor types – shows that pension fund assets represent a third (33%) of the Top 100 alternative managers’ assets, followed by wealth managers (18%), insurance companies (9%), sovereign wealth funds (6%), banks (3%), funds of funds (3%) and endowments & foundations (3%).

Geography: Global

Type of study: Consulting research

Relevant for: LPs, Fund of funds, Associate

Source: Towers Watson