Announced: the PEO Global Private Equity Awards 2005 and sister publication Private Equity International have revealed the results of their fifth annual reader poll, with winners in over 50 categories.

The results of the Private Equity International and Global Private Equity Awards have been released today.

Now in its fifth year, this annual online reader poll delivers over 50 different awards to the private equity people and firms voted top of their class by their peers. This year over 20,000 votes were cast online, a record in the history of the awards.
Each year the poll is decided on a one reader, one vote per category basis. There are no predetermined shortlists, nor are readers’ choices reshaped by a panel of judges.
To view the full result of this year’s poll, click here
Among the global award categories, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts co-founder Henry Kravis was voted “Private Equity Personality of the Year,” ahead of Terra Firma’s Guy Hands (who won the award last year) and Texas Pacific Group head David Bonderman.
“Large Buyout Firm of the Year” was The Blackstone Group (with KKR second and CVC Capital Partners third) while “Venture Firm of the Year” went to veteran firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, followed by fellow West Coast venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and European house Index Ventures.
Private Equity International’s Publisher David Hawkins commented: “Henry Kravis received considerable media coverage thanks in part to his views on hedge funds. His firm was active both in terms of investments and exits throughout last year. And, like the private equity industry generally, KKR expanded its horizons in 2005, both geographically and with regard to strategies pursued. Likewise, Blackstone’s remarkable fundraise brought it much attention. They will soon be officially closing the biggest buyout fund ever. This made them obvious candidates to win.”
“North American Venture Firm of the Year” went to Accel Partners, beating Sequoia into second place and Benchmark Capital into third.
While in newer, emerging markets, South African based firm Brait was voted “African Private Equity Firm of the Year” and in Russia, seasoned investor Baring Vostok Capital Partners came top of the tables. “Middle East Private Equity Firm of the Year” was Dubai-based Abraaj Capital.
“The number and diversity of votes and voters made the 2005 awards especially interesting,” said PEI Editor (Americas) David Snow. “The new categories reflect the fact that the asset class has taken root in a number of new markets that are already evidencing significant scale. We are not talking about an investment methodology just suited to Western, post-industrial economies: venture capital and private equity clearly are helping shape markets at all stages of the development spectrum and all over the world.”