Henry Kravis Quotes (30 Quotes)


    It's not just buying the company. Sure, we picked the right companies, and we picked the right management and, most importantly, we've given them the right incentive to perform.

    One, I love the creativity. I love the ability to create a capital structure that is appropriate for a company, no matter what field it happens to be in.

    Since we formed the firm in 1976, we've bought some 38 different companies, and we spent about 65 billion, buying these different companies.

    I want people who will stand up to me. People who are not afraid to say exactly what's on their minds, even though that's probably not what I want to hear. That's what I want.

    I was an economics major in college, and every summer after school, I would drive my car from California, from Claremont men's college at the time, to New York. And I worked on Wall Street.


    I have, in my partner George Roberts, a person who is the most wonderful man in the world to me. He's like a brother to me. Creating with him, being side by side with him, in whatever we try to do, is a real pleasure to me.

    If you have something at risk, you think differently.

    If you build that foundation, both the moral and the ethical foundation, as well as the business foundation, and the experience foundation, then the building won't crumble.

    I love the ability to work with very good managers, and to provide the right incentives for them, and truly become a partner with that management, and make that management take a long view.

    Look, don't congratulate us when we buy a company, congratulate us when we sell it. Because any fool can overpay and buy a company, as long as money will last to buy it.

    In hindsight, I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's been just a phenomenal career for me so far, and I don't see any reason why I should change.

    The Asian markets will have pivotal global significance in the coming decades and will offer significant investment opportunities for both KKR and our existing portfolio companies.

    If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.

    So I picked a field where I had a little exposure. Where I thought I could have an enormous challenge, and have a chance to really do some good, to be a pioneer in an area, and not just be like everyone else.

    It's one of the most important things at the end of the day, being able to say no to an investment.

    I really went there because it was very strong in economics and political science, and those were the two areas that I wanted to focus my future on.

    I've been in a hurry all my life. I've been in a hurry to succeed, and in a hurry to prove myself.

    You only have one thing to sell in life, and that's yourself.

    My father wanted me to go into the oil business. He was in the oil and gas business as a consulting petroleum engineer up in Tulsa.

    Maybe its because my father was so successful in a totally different field, but I found working in a small environment just a great joy.

    As I said there is nothing wrong with failing. Pick yourself up and try it again. You never are going to know how good you really are until you go out and face failure.

    Our job really begins the day we buy the company, and we start working with the management, we start working with where this company is headed.

    I thought at the time that I wanted to go into institutional sales, selling stocks and bonds to institutions. In those days, which was the 1960s, the institutional salesman was making about $100,000 a year. I thought that was just an enormous amount of money.

    I always like to refer managers in corporate America as the renters of the corporate assets, not the owners.

    But once you buy a company, you are married. You are married to that company.

    It's a lucky find, ... When I first saw the painting I was overwhelmed by its beauty and its condition.

    My next summer I worked in the research department of Goldman Sachs, and my last summer I was in institutional sales and corporate finance.

    And make sure that capital structure we have in place is the right capital structure. I think that's the reason that we've been successful.

    If we can just take a few companies, and use those as models, as examples, to show the rest of corporate America how they can become more competitive, that's what I'd like to do and that's what I hope to do.

    The trouble, in my opinion, with corporate America today, is that everything is thought of in quarters.


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