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We have earned a reputation as a trusted partner

We are a global private equity manager that invests in and builds valuable businesses.

We are committed to being a trusted and constructive partner.

Corporations, families, and management teams value our business-building expertise.

We help endowments, foundations, pensions, and other investors achieve their funding goals.

  • Joe Rice and Martin Dubilier seated at a table

    Our History

    1978

    Industry Pioneers

    In June 1978, Joe Rice and Marty Dubilier, along with two co-founders, launched a private investment firm that brought an active ownership model to the businesses it acquired.

    The collective experience of the founders represented a combination of investment and operating skills which were well-suited to enhance the value of each business the Firm acquired.

  • KUX Manufacturing Company semi-truck

    Our History

    The Early Days

    The foundation of CD&R’s strategy was operational expertise and strong working relationships with management teams of acquired businesses. Kux Manufacturing, the Firm's first investment, closed in February of 1979.*

  • Uniroyal tire sign next to a road

    Our History

    1980s

    Building Businesses,
    Building Value

    CD&R’s reputation as a reliable partner was reinforced by demonstrating sensitivity to the particular needs of sellers in transactions such as Harris Graphics in 1983, at the time the largest ever corporate divestiture accomplished through a buyout structure, and Uniroyal in 1985,* where the Firm played the “white knight” by helping fend off a hostile activist investor.

  • Lexmark employees standing in a group next to a Lexmark sign

    Our History

    1990s

    Catalyst for Constructive Change

    CD&R cemented its role as a business builder and catalyst for constructive change with the acquisition of IBM's printer and supplies business in 1991, creating what would become Lexmark International.*   

  • Hertz logo on a wall

    Our History

    EARLY 2000s

    Firm Expansion

    In the early 2000s, CD&R expanded its operating resources, global footprint, and depth of industry experience.  CD&R funds engaged GE's legendary former Chief Executive Jack Welch* in 2001. Distinguished corporate leaders from the consumer/retail, healthcare, industrials, and services sectors followed. The Firm also built up its European capabilities in its London office, which was opened in 1998. 

  • Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub

    Our History

    CD&R Today

    CD&R has not wavered from its objective to provide strategic capital to build great businesses in partnership with corporations, families, founders, and other owners.  This vision is as clear and compelling today as it was when the Firm first opened its doors. 

  • Joe Rice and Martin Dubilier seated at a table

    Our History

    1978

    Industry Pioneers

    In June 1978, Joe Rice and Marty Dubilier, along with two co-founders, launched a private investment firm that brought an active ownership model to the businesses it acquired.

    The collective experience of the founders represented a combination of investment and operating skills which were well-suited to enhance the value of each business the Firm acquired.

  • KUX Manufacturing Company semi-truck

    Our History

    The Early Days

    The foundation of CD&R’s strategy was operational expertise and strong working relationships with management teams of acquired businesses. Kux Manufacturing, the Firm's first investment, closed in February of 1979.*

  • Uniroyal tire sign next to a road

    Our History

    1980s

    Building Businesses,
    Building Value

    CD&R’s reputation as a reliable partner was reinforced by demonstrating sensitivity to the particular needs of sellers in transactions such as Harris Graphics in 1983, at the time the largest ever corporate divestiture accomplished through a buyout structure, and Uniroyal in 1985,* where the Firm played the “white knight” by helping fend off a hostile activist investor.

  • Lexmark employees standing in a group next to a Lexmark sign

    Our History

    1990s

    Catalyst for Constructive Change

    CD&R cemented its role as a business builder and catalyst for constructive change with the acquisition of IBM's printer and supplies business in 1991, creating what would become Lexmark International.*   

    CD&R provides important “insights into what constitutes best practices in the ownership and governance of corporate enterprises.”

    Harvard Business Review, 1995

  • Hertz logo on a wall

    Our History

    EARLY 2000s

    Firm Expansion

    In the early 2000s, CD&R expanded its operating resources, global footprint, and depth of industry experience.  CD&R funds engaged GE's legendary former Chief Executive Jack Welch* in 2001. Distinguished corporate leaders from the consumer/retail, healthcare, industrials, and services sectors followed. The Firm also built up its European capabilities in its London office, which was opened in 1998. 

  • Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub

    Our History

    CD&R Today

    CD&R has not wavered from its objective to provide strategic capital to build great businesses in partnership with corporations, families, founders, and other owners.  This vision is as clear and compelling today as it was when the Firm first opened its doors. 

    "A buyout firm that really does focus on operational improvements."

    The Economist, 2013

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