A pioneer in private equity, AEA Investors has a long history and deep legacy of success in investing in middle market companies around the world.
AEA Investors was conceived in 1963 over lunch between J. Richardson Dilworth, the Rockefeller family’s financial adviser; George Love, the chairman of both Chrysler and Consolidated Coal; and Sir Siegmund Warburg, of the London branch of the Warburg banking family. In 1968, AEA was formally founded as American European Associates with initial capital from the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests in partnership with S.G. Warburg & Co.
The idea of AEA was unique and ground-breaking. The initial fund created an opportunity for former executives of the world’s largest companies to pool capital and invest in small to mid-sized businesses, leveraging their professional backgrounds, networks and management expertise to improve these businesses. This unique model distinguishes us among private equity firms; to this day it remains at the heart of our mission and value proposition.
Our unwavering focus on building businesses for long-term success has remained a constant principle throughout our history and enabled nearly 50 years of consistent results for our portfolio companies through many economic cycles.