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Fourth Quarter: Only 23 private equity real estate funds recorded final closings during fourth quarter 2013.

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Only 23 private equity real estate funds recorded final closings during fourth quarter 2013, according to Institutional Real Estate FundTracker. However, what the group lacked in numbers, it more than made up for in firepower. The 23 funds collectively raised $23 billion of equity capital; that’s right, the average fund size equaled $1 billion, thanks to eight fund closings of more than $1 billion. The strong fourth quarter showing pushed up the 2013 year-end totals to 118 fund closings with aggregate equity capital of $70.5 billion, a 16 percent increase from 2012’s total of $60.7 billion.

Leading the charge was Lone Star Funds with its Lone Star Real Estate Fund III, which raised $7 billion, making it the year’s largest fund. Seven other investment managers topped the billion-dollar mark with their fourth-quarter fund closings, including buyout firm KKR, which raised $1.5 billion for its first real estate fund, KKR Real Estate Partners America

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