Kelso is one of the most experienced and cohesive firms focused on North American middle-market private equity investing. Since 1980, Kelso has raised a total of eight private equity funds which have made over 110 investments. Kelso is currently investing its $4.9 billion Fund VIII.
Kelso was initially founded by Louis Kelso, the investor of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and the tenets of the Kelso ESOP heritage remain key components of the Firm's strategy and differentiation. Just as the ESOP represented a solution which aligned management and shareholder interests, Kelso today seeks to partner and create a strong alignment of interest with outstanding management teams and corporations seeking a value-added partner.