The Wall Street Journal today has a nice timeline of the rise of private equity. Definitely worth reading in this new (again) era of the mega-deal. Don't miss the sidebar with the dates of formation of several key private equity players.
Key private equity firms and the dates they were formed.
1966 -- Warburg Pincus
1974 -- Thomas H. Lee Partners
1976 -- Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.
1976 -- Tracinda Corp.
1984 -- Bain Capital
1985 -- Blackstone Group
1987 -- Carlyle Group
1990 -- Apollo Advisors
1993 -- Texas Pacific Group; Madison Dearborn Partners
1999 -- Silver Lake Partners
The Rise of Private Equity [Wall Street Journal]