KKR & Co. Inc. invests in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and credit markets. Operations are organized into four business units: Private Markets, Public Markets, Capital Markets, and Principal Activities. Ordinary shares are listed on the NYSE (KKR) exchange. KKR is an abbreviation for the last names of founders Kohlberg, Kravis, & Roberts.
Bear Stearns employees Jerome Kohlberg, Henry Kravis, and George Roberts began performing leveraged buyout activities in 1964. In 1976, the group separated from Bearn Stearns to form KKR. The company listed publicly in 2009.