This past year marked Berkshire Partners’ 35th year investing in high-potential, growing businesses – a milestone that we find both humbling and energizing. While our firm had a productive year, we also reflect on the ongoing societal and business challenges of the pandemic’s persistent global impact. Rapidly evolving public health developments, uneven government responses, supply chain disruptions, and seismic shifts in workforces posed great dilemmas in 2021. Even so, we are very encouraged by the opportunities ahead. Our focus continues to be on building enduring value through relationships and teamwork – “winning the right way.” As we further evolve our models for partnering with one another and our management teams, we prioritize diverse perspectives and approaches.
We are proud of the exceptional efforts demonstrated by the teams at our portfolio companies. Over the last year, we deployed over $2 billion in seven new private equity investments and within the existing portfolio, and enjoyed a strong year for realizations. Our team also raised Berkshire Private Equity Fund X, our largest fund to date at nearly $6 billion. Stockbridge, our public equities business, continued to partner closely with private equity, particularly as we enhance our industry focus.
As we enter 2022, we are grateful for our relationships and thank you for your continued support and partnership as we look to our future.