Equity kicker: The Drawdown PE World Cup

Champions of the fundraise pitch

The World Cup is back. Four years after England’s dismal display and Brazil’s collapse in the semi-finals against eventual winners Germany, football fans from every corner of the globe are convincing themselves that this could be their year.

This year sees 32 nations take part, with giants Italy, The Netherlands and the US narrowly missing out following poor qualifying campaigns. Debutants Iceland and Panama are set to make their World Cup bow, while Egypt, Morocco and Peru all return after absences of nearly two decades.

As thousands descend upon Russia to watch their nations’ superstars vie for football’s most coveted trophy, The Drawdown takes a look at which country will take home this year’s Private Equity World Cup. Using data provided by Preqin, each country has been scored on the capital raised in $bn from H1 2014 to H1 2018.

Unsurprisingly, fundraising figures for the UK saw it take its first title since it hosted the World Cup back in 1966, with lowly Iran unable to make it through the groups.

Big contenders for the crown included runners-up Sweden, third place France and fourth place Australia.

How did your country fare?