George Roberts: Company VisionKKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO George Roberts discusses how the company vision permeates the firm’s culture and values. August 28, 2014.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds.
As investors with an industrialist vision, we aim to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined approach, employing high-quality people, pursuing the highest standards of excellence, and aligning our interests with those of our investment partners.
We often talk about the benefits of our structure and our business model - which marries third party capital with our capital markets business and balance sheet - because we believe that we have built something different. We have a capital markets business that provides a full range of services, from taking companies public to underwriting new deals (for both KKR and third party companies) and to syndicating debt and equity. And we have long-dated capital in our funds, ready to deploy across a wide variety of asset classes. Individually, these funds and businesses are generating returns for our fund investors and stockholders, but when they are paired, they create a powerful competitive advantage. We see our balance sheet as a key differentiator, giving us the ability to align our interest with our fund investors, develop new investment strategies and support existing ones, and enter into strategic transactions on our own behalf.
When you partner with KKR, you benefit from the breadth and expertise of the entire firm. When appropriate, all of KKR’s businesses work together on behalf of all of the investors in our funds. KKR’s investment partners have access to decades of financial and operational experience, broad regional and industry expertise, insight into global macro and geopolitical trends, and a powerful network of global relationships – both inside and outside of the firm.
Through an integrated approach across our firm, we seek to provide innovative financial solutions and investment vehicles to help our fund investors achieve their investment goals. With offices around the world, we fulfill our mission one investor at a time, one company at a time—and we do this as one global firm.