Companies in this industry manage the operations of other companies or enterprises and may have an equity stake or controlling interest in the managed firm. Major companies include Berkshire Hathaway and Icahn Enterprises (both based in the US), Israel Corporation, and Canada's Onex.
Top countries for companies seeking global management and investment opportunities include Malaysia, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Poland, according to The 2017 Best Countries rankings from Y&R's BAV Consulting and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Political uncertainties in some emerging regions, such as the Middle East and Africa, can pose risks that outweigh potential returns and cause investors to look elsewhere.
The US management of companies and enterprises industry includes about 54,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $128 billion.
More specific coverage of investment firms, which are included in the industry, can be found in a separate industry profile. Holding companies of various types also are included in the industry. See the Venture Capital profile for information on that industry.
Demand is driven by business activity and potential returns on investment. The profitability of individual firms depends on efficient operations and the ability to identify targets for investment. Large firms have advantages in access to capital. Small firms can compete by specializing in niche industries or geographies.
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