75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street

Edward A. Williams

Black Enterprise/Greenwich
Street Corporate Growth Partners L.P.

A company co-founder with more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry, Williams was instrumental in developing the investment strategy and raising nearly $100 million for the private equity fund. He is responsible for developing investment strategy, sourcing, executing transactions, and maximizing the value of the fund’s portfolio companies.


Willie E. Woods

President & Managing Director
ICV Partners

ICV Partners (No. 6 on the BE Private Equity firms list with $440 million in capital under management) invests in leading companies with sales of $25 million to $250 million. Prior to co-founding ICV, Woods was a vice president in investment banking at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, where he was responsible for deal origination and execution of merger and acquisition, leverage loan, high-yield bond, and equity transactions with a focus on financial sponsors in the basic industries.


Kneeland Youngblood

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Pharos Capital Group L.L.C.

Youngblood’s Pharos Capital Group L.L.C. (No. 4 on the BE Private Equity Firms list with $600 million in capital under management) focuses on providing growth and expansion capital to businesses in healthcare, business services, and opportunistic investments. The firm’s latest partnership is a $400 million to $600 million fund focused on providing later stage equity funding for internal growth, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, or recapitalizations.

–Additional reporting by Carolyn Brown and Sonja Mack

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