NEW YORK — iCapital1, the global fintech platform driving access to alternative investments for the wealth management industry, announced today it has been included in the annual Forbes Fintech 50 list. This marks the sixth year in a row iCapital has been recognized by Forbes as a top innovator among financial technology firms.
The Forbes Fintech 50 list highlights the year’s most innovative private companies in personal finance, investing, insurance, payments, real estate, banking, and crypto. iCapital is featured as one of just three firms driving the Future of Investing category, and it is the only company to be recognized in the investing space for six years running.
To select the 50 ranked companies, the Forbes team of reporters and editors evaluated hundreds of companies, analyzing everything from product originality and customer and revenue growth to leadership team diversity. Forbes also interviewed CEOs and industry insiders. To be considered, companies must be based or have substantial operations in the U.S., and the judges also look for growth outpacing the competitive set over the last year.
As the Forbes editorial team commented, “iCapital is still seeing massive growth thanks to the explosive popularity of alternative investments.” Forbes noted the iCapital platform “is now used by about 97,000 financial advisors serving hundreds of thousands of high-net-worth individuals, who are increasingly coming from outside the U.S.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the transformative work iCapital is doing with our partners and clients to help the industry meet the growing demand for alternative investments,” said Lawrence Calcano, Chairman and CEO of iCapital. “Congratulations to the entire iCapital team for its commitment to providing innovative technology solutions that help drive our clients’ success and deliver better outcomes for the industry.”
Forbes notes that the past year was particularly challenging for many fintech startups. With stock prices for publicly traded fintech companies off an average of 60% from their peak, private funding plummeted too – in 2022, venture capitalists invested $75 billion globally in fintech companies, down from $140 billion in 2021, according to CB Insights.
Yet iCapital continued to grow with the support of the world’s largest financial institutions as strategic investors. Over the past year, iCapital expanded its global team, technology advancements, and industry partnerships to further enhance access to alternative investments.
As a result of its innovation, iCapital’s technology and services stand out as the industry-preferred platform. In the last year, iCapital established itself in LATAM, Italy, and France and forged or expanded partnerships with firms including Ardian, Ares, AXA, Golub, Insigneo, Mediobanca, Morgan Stanley, Tikehau, and Unicorn.
Alongside organic growth, the firm also made two strategic acquisitions. iCapital completed its acquisition of SIMON Markets, a leading advisor platform for structured investments, annuities, and risk-managed solutions. iCapital also announced its acquisition of UBS’s legacy US alternative investment manager and the feeder fund platform it manages.
Founded in 2013, iCapital is the leading global fintech company powering the world’s alternative investment marketplace. iCapital has transformed how the wealth management, banking, and asset management industries facilitate access to private markets investments for their high-net-worth clients by providing intuitive, end-to-end technology and service solutions; education tools and resources; and robust diligence, compliance, and portfolio analytics capabilities. iCapital’s solutions enable organizations to streamline and scale their operational infrastructure for alternative investments and to provide access to direct investments and feeder funds at lower minimums through simplified digital workflows.
iCapital-managed platforms offer wealth advisors and their clients access to an extensive menu of private investments, including equity, credit, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds, structured investments, annuities, and risk-managed solutions. iCapital has been recognized on the Forbes Fintech 50 list each year from 2018 to 2023, the Forbes America’s Best Startup Employers in 2021, 2022, and 2023, and MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards as Solutions Provider of the Year in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
As of April 30, 2023, iCapital services over $157 billion in global client assets, of which nearly $30 billion are from international investors (non-US Domestic) across more than 1,270 funds. Employing more than 1,130 people globally, iCapital is headquartered in NYC and has offices worldwide, including in Zurich, London, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Toronto.
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