Women In Private Equity And Hedge Funds – February 2019Preqin
Analyzing the demographics of more than 280,000 industry professionals on our database, Preqin looks at the representation of women in hedge funds and at private equity firms* according to geography, seniority and role type.
Women In Private Equity
- Women are primarily employed in investor relations and finance teams, comprising 53% and 39% of employees in those roles respectively (Fig. 3). However, at senior levels those proportions fall to 34% of investor relations staff and 25% of finance staff.
- Across different regions, women account for broadly equal proportions of private equity employees, ranging from 19% in Europe to 17% in regions beyond North America, Europe and Asia (Fig. 2). Asia is the only region in which more than one in 10 senior employees are women.
- Among the largest private equity hubs, women make up the greatest proportion of senior employees at firms in China (14.0%) and Hong Kong (13.8%, Fig. 4). Women make up just 3.7% of senior employees at South Korea-based firms.
Women In Hedge Funds
- Female representation in hedge funds varies significantly by seniority: women make up 29% of junior hedge fund employees, but just 11% of senior staff (Fig. 2).
- Asia-based hedge funds have proportionally more female employees than any other region, and at all levels of seniority: 21% overall, compared with 19% in North America and 18% in Europe.
- Investor relations teams have the largest proportion of female employees at 48% (Fig. 3). Women make up the smallest proportion of portfolio management teams, representing just 10% of employees.
- Among major hubs for the industry, Hong Kong-based hedge funds have the highest representation of women among senior staff (17.8%, Fig. 4). In the US and UK women constitute 11.3% and 11.5% of senior employees respectively.
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