AEA Investors



Since 1968, AEA has been committed to helping good middle market businesses become great global companies. Our global approach began with the world’s foremost industrial families and leaders – the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman families and S.G. Warburg & Co. Members of these families ultimately became the founding investors in American European Associates – AEA.

To continue this tradition, we have developed a unique middle market global platform with professionals operating in the Americas, Europe and Asia. We are one of the few global private equity firms focused solely in the middle market.

Our worldwide reach allows us to review all opportunities from an international perspective. We are dedicated to providing high-potential middle-market companies with the capital, insight, strategic support and operational expertise necessary to transform them into global industry leaders. Our investment teams tap into local insights which are leveraged around the world. Further, we utilize our global Participant network to optimize the investment performance of portfolio companies around the world.

  • $15b

    With over $15 billion under management, AEA is a leader in global, middle-market private investing.

  • 130+

    With approximately 135 employees, including approximately 90 investment professionals, AEA’s experienced and focused team leverages deep industry knowledge and exceptional operational expertise.

  • 5/3

    With five offices across three continents, AEA has an unparalleled global network of relationships with family owners of industrial companies, business executives and influential government leaders.

  • 1968

    Founded in 1968 by members of the world’s leading industrial families, AEA is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms with a long legacy of success.

  • 75

    AEA has more than 75 Participants, who include some of the world’s pre-eminent industrial families, business executives and former government leaders.