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Private equity's evolution: Money gatherers to business builders

New Mountain Capital CEO Steven Klinsky reveals ways to beat inflation, stagflation

"The original idea of private equity was all about debt," Klinsky said in an interview.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Investment funds have been expanding their presence in the U.S. financial market. Total investment by private equity funds -- which mostly put money into unlisted stocks -- reached $1.036 trillion in 2021, surging 50% from a year earlier, according to the American Investment Council.

Some say private equity funds serve as a major driver of U.S. economic growth through their investment in startups and companies with hidden but high potential.

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