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5 record-breaking buyouts

The credit crunch ended the buyout boom last year, but not before the two biggest deals on record were struck. A look at the largest private-equity deals in history.

15 top U.S. private equity shops Fortune's exclusive look at the country's most powerful buyout firms. (more)
35 largest U.S. private companies Some of the biggest names in business operate outside the public markets. Here's a look at the top players. (more)
10 private-equity deals gone bust When the liquidity is flowing like wine, every deal looks like a perfect ten. But a lot can - and has - gone wrong. (more)