Private equity firms invested more than $443 billion in U.S.-based companies last year, a 27 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Private Equity Growth Capital Council's fourth annual investment report, "Private Equity: Top States and Districts."
The analysis, which ranks the top 20 states by investment value and number of investments, found that Florida ranked fifth among states that received the most investment in 2013, behind Texas, California, Pennsylvania and New York, in that order. Florida received $18.9 billion invested in 136 companies. The top four states received between $31.5 billion and $87.4 billion, Texas’ take. California was home to the most companies receiving investment: 304.