AEA Investors


Relationships Matter

There is a simple reason our investment principles have worked for 50 years: We believe in a relationship-driven approach to investing through partnering with exceptional management teams of middle market companies to help them build and improve their businesses.


A leading regional quick service restaurant (“QSR”) serving Southern-inspired food in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi. The company has built a highly-differentiated concept within QSR by offering a diverse mix of high-quality, value-focused menu items across all dayparts with exceptional, friendly customer service.

A leading designer and marketer of premium outdoor cooking products including wood pellet grills, wood pellets, and related cooking sauces and accessories.

A leading cross-category provider of branded specialty toys across the independent, big-box and e-commerce retail channels.



A leading retailer of contact lenses in the United States with the largest direct-to-consumer platform bolstered by strategic B2B fulfillment partners and leading optical telemedicine technology.

A leading provider of branded merchandising programs to retailers, offering high-velocity, low priced consumer products and accessories to leading retail customers in the department store, drug, mass, club and specialty channels.

A leading player in the fitness club industry with 432 clubs in 13 states and 23+ markets, maintaining the #1 market share position across all core markets.


  • $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.