Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced the final close of its latest global real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners X (“BREP X”). BREP X has $30.4 billion of total capital commitments — the largest real estate or private equity drawdown fund ever raised. In total, Blackstone’s three opportunistic strategies (Global, Asia, Europe) now have $50 billion of capital commitments.
Blackstone has delivered a 16% net IRR on over $100 billion of committed capital in the BREP global funds over more than 30 years.1 Anticipating changing macrotrends, Blackstone Real Estate shifted its portfolio away from assets facing headwinds such as traditional office and malls and is approximately 80% concentrated in logistics, rental housing, hospitality, lab office and data centers. BREP X’s scale and discretionary capital positions it well to capitalize on opportunities in its highest conviction sectors across the globe.
Kathleen McCarthy, Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate, said, “In every market cycle we have delivered for our customers by using our insights and advantages to concentrate their capital in investments poised to deliver strong returns. This record-setting fundraise reflects the trust we have built with our limited partners, and we are grateful for their continued confidence as we enter a compelling investment environment.”
Ken Caplan, Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate, said, “We believe the current market is tailor-made for Blackstone Real Estate. We have made some of our best investments in periods characterized by the market volatility and dislocation we see today. Furthermore, sector selection has never been more critical as we witness the bifurcation of performance within real estate, which is favoring our high-conviction themes.”
About Blackstone Real Estate
Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has US $326 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, residential, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone’s Core+ business invests in substantially stabilized real estate assets globally, through both institutional strategies and strategies tailored for income-focused individual investors including Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a U.S. non-listed REIT, and Blackstone’s European yield-oriented strategy. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).
1 As of December 31, 2022.