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Florida ranks 4th for private equity funding

Florida ranked fourth nationwide in terms of private equity and growth capital investments in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Private Equity Growth Capital Council. Private equity firms invested $17.3 billion in 115 Florida-based companies last year, the data shows.

Nationwide, Texas received the most investment from private equity (measured in dollars invested), totaling $46.6 billion in 222 companies, followed by California, Colorado, Illinois and Florida. The Sunshine State ranked fifth when evaluated by private equity investment value.

Now in its third year, the “Private Equity: Top States and Districts” analysis found that private equity and growth capital invested $347 billion in more than 2,000 U.S.-based companies nationwide. You can view the data for each state by visiting the state map on Private Equity at Work.