BARATTA Joseph
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BARATTA Joseph

BARATTA
Joseph

Global Head of Private Equity at the asset management firm Blackstone

Organization: Blackstone

Profession: Global Head

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Biography

Joseph Baratta is an American businessman who is Global Head of Private Equity at the asset management firm Blackstone.

Career

Baratta joined Blackstone in 1998. He moved to London in 2001 to establish Blackstone’s private equity business in Europe. In 2004 he became a Senior Managing Director of the firm and Head of European Private Equity in 2010. In July 2012 he was named the Global Head of Private Equity.

He has led some of Blackstone’s most successful investments like SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Merlin Entertainments (the owner of the Legoland theme parks, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and many other well known visitor attractions), Center Parcs and Southern Cross. Before joining Blackstone, Baratta worked for investment firms Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. He also worked in the mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley.

In 2012, Baratta was listed in Forbes “Top 50 Dealmakers” list.

Baratta is a Director of Ancestry, Merlin Entertainments and SESAC. He has previously served as a member or observer on the boards of ICS Group, Tragus Group, Center Parcs, Universal Orlando, Nycomed Holding ApS, Spirit Group, Southern Cross, and Refinitiv.

He is on the Advisory Board of the McDonough School of Business. He also sits on the Board of Directors at Georgetown University, his alma mater.

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