6. Pharos Capital Group L.L.C.

Founded in 1998, Pharos Capital Group is tied with GenNx360 Capital Partners for the No. 6 position on the BE Private Equity Firms list.  Under the leadership of CEO Kneeland Youngblood, the firm manages $600 million in capital in three private equity firms — up 20% in 2008.

With headquarters in both Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, this firm invests in undercapitalized companies in undeserved markets in the U.S. with a focus on healthcare, technology, and business services.

The company’s diverse portfolio investments include Converge (No. 16 on the BE Industrial/Service Companies list), Back Yard Burger, Reel FX Inc., and WebMD, among others.

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