Founded in 1984, Bain Capital is a private equity and multi-asset alternative investment firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm prefers to invest in sectors including retail, business service, consumer, financial service, healthcare, energy, technology, media, telecommunication, and industry.
The firm was founded in 1984 by partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company. These partners included Bill Bain, Mitt Romney, Coleman Andrews, and Eric Kriss. Although founded by Bain & Company executives, Bain Capital is not an affiliate or division of Bain & Company but rather a separate entity. Bain Capital remains a private, employee-owned company.
The firm became the subject of political and media scrutiny as a result of cofounder Mitt Romney's later political career, including his 2012 presidential campaign. As of 2022, the firm manages more than $160 billion in assets.
Since its inception, Bain Capital has invested in or acquired hundreds of companies. The investment approach has extended to include public equity, credit, venture capital, real estate, and cross-asset class opportunities in strategic focus areas. The firm prefers to organize its investments around funds. Bain Capital describes its investment approach as consulting-based, intending to develop relationships and partnerships with management teams to find insights into long-term value for businesses and markets. The firm strives in all investment categories to create an impact for its investors, teams, and businesses.
Bain Capital's investments and acquisitions have included the following:
- AMC Entertainment
- Artisan Entertainment
- Apex Tool Group
- Burger King
- Burlington Stores
- Canada Goose
- DIC Entertainment
- Domino's Pizza
- Dunkin' Donuts
- D&M Holdings
- Guitar Center
- KB Toys
- Sealy Corporation
- Sports Authority
- Toys "R" Us
- Warner Music Group
- The Weather Channel
- Apple Leisure Group
Through the Bain Capital Community Partnership, Bain Capital and its employees strive to make an impact in the communities and neighborhoods where they work and live by supporting a wide array of charitable and nonprofit organizations with its time, expertise, and resources. In 1996, Bain Capital employees founded Bain Capital Children's Charity (BCCC) to provide support to causes that benefit youth around the world. Each year, BCCC supports more than 110 organizations worldwide and has donated more than $50 million to nonprofit organizations since its founding.
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- Bain Capital VenturesBain Capital Ventures is the venture capital arm of Bain Capital that funds enterprise software opportunities across functions and industries.
- Bain Capital CreditBain Capital Credit, formerly Sankaty Advisors, is a private manager of fixed income and credit
- Bain Capital Life SciencesBain Capital Life Sciences invests in biopharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and enabling life science technology companies globally.
- Bain & CompanyBain & Co, referred to as "Bain," is a management consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of the Big Three management consulting firms.