By now, you’ve probably heard about the Blackstone Group, which has been acquired by private equity firm Blackstone.
As with many other recent acquisitions, this one is not going to go down well.
As the New York Times put it: Blackstone has already spent $1bn to buy back shares in its rivals.
It has already paid out tens of millions of dollars in dividends.
And the company is now on track to deliver a $1tn valuation of its shares.
That valuation would make it the richest person in the world if its shares were priced in today’s dollars.
And it would make you nervous.
There’s no way Blackstone could have managed such an incredible valuation if it weren’t paying so much for its services.
That’s why it’s so important to understand the fees that private equity firms charge.
There are three types of fees Blackstone charges.
The first is its core service fee, or CFO fee.
The second is a portion of a Blackstone executive’s base compensation, or PPC fee.
And third, is the fee that Blackstone pays to its partners for services it offers.
The fees vary according to the type of service Blackstone offers.
You can’t be a Blacksmith without a Blackrock wealth manager.
There is a fee for every investment in Blackstone’s funds, for example, but there is no fee for any Blackstone service, including its investment advice.
And if you’re not a Blackcaster or Blackstone advisor, you can’t get any of the Blacksmith services, even if you want them.
In short, Blackstone isn’t an investment vehicle for the average person, nor is it an investment tool for those who already have a lot of money.
As we’ve seen in the past, when private equity and venture capital firms make money, they tend to spend it on more services and less on the investment itself.
They also often spend a lot on staff.
In some cases, Blackstones employees are paid for years on end in salary and benefits, with little or no investment return.
The result is that they can be a huge drain on a business’ capital and are often used to enrich themselves at the expense of the shareholders who invest with them.
To understand how Blackstone and other private equity groups manage to extract so much money from shareholders, we need to understand how a business is run.
Private equity and other venture capital funds usually have two primary functions.
They typically make investments in companies, either through buying stock or by buying other companies.
Blackstone does both.
But there are also other ways Blackstone works to get money out of shareholders.
The fund’s services include buying the shares of other companies, helping them raise capital and raising cash.
The most important of these are the Blackstones investment advisory services.
Investment advisory services are paid by Blackstone to its investment advisors.
The fee for these services is typically 0.15% to 1% of the firm’s total assets.
The firm then sells the investment advice to the investor.
If the fund has the resources to pay these fees, it could pay an average of 3% to 4% per annum, according to research from Blackstone analysts.
This is a low fee for a business that is not only well managed, but also has a very high return.
(Blackstone doesn’t publish the amount of the fees it pays to investment advisers, but Blackstone says it has spent more than $2bn on the services of its investment advisers.)
In other words, the fees paid by investment advisers are usually relatively low.
The same is true of Blackstone, but the fees charged by Blackstones partners are much higher.
Blackstones partner fees are a very small percentage of the fund’s assets.
If Blackstone invested just $1m in an investment company, Blacksmith would pay about 0.6% of its assets, or $2.8m, in fees.
But the Blackrock portfolio is worth more than Blackstone assets, so Blackstone would pay a total of 7% of assets to Blackstone partners.
That means that Blackrock has paid Blackstone $4.2m to Blackrock partners.
If you’ve ever worked in a hedge fund, you’ll recognise these fees.
For example, Blackrock invested $2m in a start-up called Bancor, which was backed by an early venture capital firm.
Blackrock paid the fund an annual fee of 0.2% of Bancour’s assets, about $4m.
Bancurors fee is about the same as Blackstone fees.
This means that Bancors fees are about $5m per year.
In other cases, Bancers fees could be higher, but they don’t represent Blackstone costs directly.
Instead, Blackrocks fees represent the amount Blackstone spends on its investment adviser.
BlackStone’s investments are largely focused on asset management.
This strategy involves investing in a large number of different companies