These 5 US private-equity stars are running massive deals while in their 20s

This year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Finance list features a number of top private equity pros.

They have quickly risen up the corporate ladder at the largest investment firms on Wall Street.

The list includes alumni of Duke University, Yale, and the graduate business programs of the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York University.

The only firm on the list to see its rising talent take two spots is KKR: the other places are rounded out by dealmakers from Apollo Global Management, Blackstone and BC Partners.

The Forbes list is meant to represent the “game changers under 30 transforming the world,” according to the publication. Here are the five names from the private equity business who fit the criteria:

BC Partners' principal Adam Gross worked on its big PetSmart deal

BC Partners
Adam Gross joined BC Partners in 2013

Adam Gross joined BC Partners in 2013 from Behrman Capital, where he worked as an associate. Already, he's worked on a very big deal for BC Partners: the firm's 2014 $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart.

Gross, 29, is the youngest principal in the New York office of BC Partners, according to Forbes, and speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin. He previously worked on Merrill Lynch's consumer products investment banking team.

Robert Kaslow-Ramos has spent more than five years with Apollo Global Management
Robert Kaslow Ramos

Kaslow-Ramos' had two stints at Morgan Stanley and also worked at Liberty Mutual and the U-Michigan Ross School of Business' National Quality Research Center before joining Apollo.

Today, he sits on the board of directors for companies Momentive and Hexion. According to the Forbes piece, Kaslow-Ramos, who is 29, also worked on Apollo's Evertec deal, which generated five-times its invested capital.

Wharton alum Michelle Domanico has risen through the ranks at KKR
Michelle Domanico has worked up the ranks on KKR's credit team

Michelle Domanico, 29, joined KKR in 2010, after a stint at UBS where she worked for two years as an analyst in its leveraged finance, sponsor and restructuring teams. She now holds the rank of principal and works in the credit group, focusing on high-yield credit and direct lending opportunities.

She's an alumni of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where she was also captain of the school's West Philly Swingers dancing troupe.

Josh Lederman works on KKR's Capital Markets team
Josh Lederman is a principal with KKR

Josh Lederman joined KKR from Morgan Stanley, where he worked in the bank's M&A group, in 2011. The 29-year-old Yale graduate today works on the PE firm's capital markets team, working on the financing package for KKR's $3.9 billion take-private deal for Gardner Denver, according to Forbes.

Steve Schwarzman's Blackstone employs Frank Yu on its 'tact-ops' team
Yu, 29, is an associate at Blackstone.

Frank Yu is on Blackstone Group's tactical opportunities team, where he's already overseen more than $1 billion in investments. Yu, 29, has worked on deals for Lombard International and Eleston Shipping -- but he's also put in work outside of the office, according to Forbes, raising funds to build a library in Cambodia.

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