Strippers and Flippers . . . or a New Positive Force Helping to Drive the Economy . . .
The untold story of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone, the financier and his financial powerhouse that avoided the self-destructive tendencies of Wall Street. David Carey and John Morris show how Blackstone (and other private equity firms) transformed themselves from gamblers, hostile-takeover artists, and 'barbarians at the gate' into disciplined, risk-conscious investors.
The financial establishment-banks and investment bankers such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley-were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.
Blackstone is now ready to break out once again since it is sitting on billions of dollars
that can be invested at a time when the market is starved for capital.
The story of a financial revolution-the greatest untold success story on Wall Street: Not only have Blackstone and a small coterie of competitors wrested control of corporations around the globe, but they have emerged as a major force on Wall Street, challenging the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for dominance.
Great human interest story: How Blackstone went from two guys and a secretary to being one of Wall Street's most powerful institutions, far outgrowing its much older rival KKR; and how Steve Schwarzman, with a pay packet one year of $398 million and $684 million from the Blackstone IPO, came to epitomize the spectacular new financial fortunes amassed in the 2000s.
Controversial: Analyzes the controversies surrounding Blackstone and whether it and other private equity firms suck the lifeblood out of companies to enrich themselves-or whether they are a force that helps make the companies they own stronger and thereby better competitors.
The story by two insiders with access: Insightful and hard-hitting, filled with never-before-revealed details about the workings of a heretofore secretive company that was the personal fiefdom of Schwarzman and Peter Peterson.
Forward-looking: How Blackstone and private equity will drive the economy and provide a model for how financing will work.
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DAVID CAREY is reporter at Bloomberg News, covering private equity. From 1999 to 2012, he covered the industry for The Deal. He was previously the editor of Corporate Finance magazine and wrote for Adweek, Fortune, Institutional Investor, and Financial World. Carey has appeared often on CNBC. He holds two masters degrees: one in French literature from Princeton and a second in journalism from Columbia. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington.
JOHN E. MORRIS. From 2012 to 2016, Morris edited Bloomberg’s Mergers, Private Equity and Distressed & Bankruptcy newsletters. He was previously Deputy Managing Editor with Dow Jones Investment Banker and Assistant Managing Editor at The Deal in New York and London. Before that he was an editor and writer at The American Lawyer magazine. He has made frequent appearances on CNBC and BBC. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He practiced law in San Francisco for six years before becoming a journalist.
Between them, they have more than 40 years of experience covering the private equity industry.