Top Impact Investing Firms: Impact 50

This year’s exclusive list of private markets’ largest managers of impact capital has grown in line with an expanding universe and continued fundraising.

Our Impact 50 list brings together managers of private funds across different asset classes, including private debt, infrastructure, private equity and real estate. This disparate group of funds and managers is united by a common approach: the intentional pursuit of positive, measurable, social or environmental impact alongside financial returns.

TOP 10 IMPACT INVESTING FIRMS

Rank Manager Headquarters Five-year fundraising total ($m)
1 Brookfield Asset Management Toronto 15,000
2 Actis London 10,198
3 Goldman Sachs Asset Management New York 9,428
4 TPG Fort Worth 9,170
5 Meridiam Paris 7,888
6 Enterprise Community Partners Columbia, US 7,516
7 BlackRock New York 6,273
8 The Vistria Group Chicago 5,910
9 BlueOrchard Zurich 4,163
10 Mirova Paris 4,020

METHODOLOGY

This version of the Impact 50 list is based on the amount of dedicated impact capital raised by firms between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2023. We count the full amount of a fund if it has a close in this timeframe, and we count the full amount of an interim close that has occurred, even if no official announcement has been made. We also count capital raised through co-investment vehicles. In the case of a fundraising, it means the fund has had a final or official interim close after 1 January 2018.

The Impact 50 is not a performance ranking, nor does it constitute investment recommendations.

For a full methodology, email Domonique Lemonius (domonique.l@pei.group)

Impact capital: For this ranking, we are using GIIN’s definition of impact, namely: “Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return in private markets. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic goals.

“The impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, affordable/social housing as well as debt and equity investments in firms that focus on providing answers to such challenges.”

Read more from GIIN here.

Capital raised: This means capital definitively committed to a fund through an interim or final close within the specified time period. Structures that count towards the total figure are: limited partnerships, co-investment funds, separate accounts and seed capital/GP commitment. Investment strategies comprise private equity, private real estate, private debt, unlisted infrastructure and unlisted agriculture.

Not counted: Expected capital commitments, public funds, contributions from sponsoring entities, hedge funds, capital raised on a deal-by-deal basis, leverage, PIPE investments and ESG funds that prioritise financial return over impact.

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