Kelso & Company has been investing in North American private equity for over 35 years. Kelso benefits from a successful investment track record, a long-tenured and stable investing team, a reputation as a preferred partner to management teams and strategics, and a significant alignment of interest with all of our partners. Since 1980, Kelso has raised a total of nine private equity funds, representing $11.2 billion of capital, and has made over 115 investments, over 90 of which have been exited.
Kelso was founded in 1971 by Louis Kelso, commonly referred to as the inventor of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (or ESOP). The tenets of Kelso’s ESOP heritage, including a significant alignment of interest and history of partnership, remain key components of the Firm's strategy and differentiation. Just as the ESOP represented a solution which aligned management, labor and shareholder interests, Kelso today seeks to partner and create a strong alignment of interest with outstanding management teams, corporate and operating partners and investors who are seeking a value-added partner.