Apollo History

Since our founding in 1990, we have established a notable record of success in alternative investments. Apollo now serves institutional and individual investors across the risk-return spectrum—in yield, hybrid and equity strategies. More than 2,100 Apollo employees, including more than 680 investment professionals, work from our offices throughout the world.


Our History

Apollo and Athene Successfully Merge

In January 2022, Apollo successfully completed its merger with Athene, bringing the two strategic partners together in full alignment under one publicly traded company under the Apollo name.

Apollo and Athene Successfully Merge
Apollo Completes Acquisition of Griffin Capital

In May 2022, Apollo announced the acquisition of Griffin Capital’s US asset management business, which added significant scale, new capabilities and additional investment products to Apollo’s Global Wealth business.

Apollo and Athene Successfully Merge
Apollo Opportunity Foundation Launches

Apollo committed more than $100 Million over the next decade to invest in initiatives focused on educational access, workforce development, and economic empowerment.

Apollo and Athene Successfully Merge
Apollo Launches Sustainable Investing Platform

Apollo launched a comprehensive Sustainable Investing Platform focused on financing and investing in the energy transition and decarbonization of industry, with a target to deploy $50 billion in clean energy and climate investments over the next five years.

Announces Significant Governance Enhancements

Apollo announces industry leading governance changes to expand and empower the Board of Directors, move to one share/one vote structure and appoints former SEC Chair Jay Clayton as Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors. The efforts pave the way for a simpler structure and eligibility for inclusion in a broader set of market indices.

Apollo and Athene Enter Into Definitive Agreement to Merge

The transformational merger will combine two growth companies. The stronger capital base and complete alignment will allow the combined company to rapidly scale asset and liability origination, broaden distribution channels and act as a leading global solutions provider.

Marc Rowan
Marc Rowan Formally Assumes Role of CEO

In March 2021, Co-Founder Marc Rowan formally assumes the role of CEO of Apollo, as part of a planned succession process first announced in January 2021.

AltFinance Launches
AltFinance Launches

In June 2021 Apollo and partner firms announce the launch of AltFinance, a $90 million high-touch, comprehensive program to introduce talented students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the alternative industry – providing training, support, and mentorship.

Form Strategic Partnerships with Leading FinTech Firms

Apollo partners with Motive Partners and Figure to capitalize on transformation in financial services, enhance distribution channels, increase origination opportunities, and build efficiency across platforms.

Impact Fund Launches
Apollo Impact Platform Launches

Apollo launches its impact investing platform, building on the Firm’s history of investing across industries aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Challenge of COVID-19
Supporting our Communities during COVID-19

Apollo employees and several portfolio companies give more than $50 million to support frontline healthcare workers, provide employment assistance, and help schools develop virtual learning.

New Headquarters
New Headquarters

Apollo modernizes and expands its New York headquarters to foster wellness, integration, and collaboration.

Citizenship Initiative
Citizenship Initiative

Apollo launches a more formal employee Citizenship program, with matching grants for donations and rewards for volunteering.

Jackson National Life Insurance Company transaction
Jackson National Life Insurance Company transaction

Apollo expands its insurance asset management business with the announcement that Athene has entered into a fixed annuity block reinsurance transaction with Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Athene Partnership Strengthened
Athene Partnership Strengthened

Apollo and Athene announce transaction to strengthen their strategic relationship.

C-Corp Conversation
C-Corp Conversion

Apollo converts from a publicly traded partnership to a corporation, enabling a broader set of shareholders to participate in the firm’s long-term growth and profitability.

Tenth ESG Report Launch
Tenth ESG Report Launch

Apollo’s 10th annual ESG report caps a decade of developing the industry’s most rigorous and detailed reporting on environmental, social, and governance issues to help our funds' portfolio companies drive change.

PK AirFinance Acquisition
PK AirFinance Acquisition

Apollo and Athene agree to purchase PK AirFinance, a leading aviation lending business with borrowers in more than 40 countries, from GE Capital.

Athora acquires VIVAT
Athora Acquisition of VIVAT

Announcing plans to acquire VIVAT N.V.—the fourth largest insurer and second largest life insurer in the Netherlands—Athora furthers its European growth.

Expanding Global Footprint
Expanding Global Footprint

Apollo continues to grow its global presence, expanding our offices in London, Tokyo, and three offices in India. Our global fund investor base reaches 65 countries.

Apollo Insurance Solutions Group Established

Apollo Insurance Solutions Group established to provide tailored portfolio and asset management services to retirement services and insurance clients.

Expansion of Leadership

Scott Kleinman and Jim Zelter named Co-Presidents with responsibility for all of Apollo’s revenue-generating and investing businesses.

Apollo Acquires GE Energy Portfolio
Funds Managed by Apollo Acquire GE Energy Portfolio

Funds managed by Apollo acquire a portfolio of nearly $1bn in energy investments from GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services unit.

Athora Established

Athora is established when AGER Bermuda Holdings Ltd. is deconsolidated from Athene.

$ 250b
AUM Surpasses

AUM Surpasses $250b

Brand Refresh
Brand Refresh

With a refresh of its logo and brand identity, and a new website and social media presence, Apollo achieves new visibility as a leading investment management franchise.

Going Greener
Going Greener

Apollo offices eliminate 90% of their use of disposable plastic.

A Record Fund IX
FUND IX $ 24.7B
A Record Fund IX

Investors commit $24.7 billion for Apollo Investment Fund IX, the largest dedicated private equity fund raised to date–we believe a vote of confidence earned by Apollo for its investment performance, disciplined and value-oriented investment approach, and ongoing commitment to investors.

Apollo Launches Accord Strategy

Apollo’s Accord strategy focuses on acting as a liquidity provider during times of broad-based market stress by purchasing high-quality, secured cross-asset credit risk.

Asia Real Estate Expansion

Apollo acquires Venator Real Estate Capital Partners and establishes a meaningful presence in Asia.

Athora Launches
Athora Launches

Athora is founded, to create a long-term European insurance and reinsurance business for retail and insurance clients.

Apollo Launches Total Return Strategy

Apollo’s actively multi-sector credit Total Return Strategy invests in a wide range of sub-segments of fixed income, from more traditional bond instruments to semi-liquid securities.

Supporting Education
Supporting Education

Apollo sets up partnerships with Change for Kids, serving 4,000 New York City elementary students; and with The TEAK Fellowship, helping exceptional students succeed at top schools. Both align with Apollo’s philanthropic mandate to make an impact on the communities in which we work, live, and invest.

$100 Billion Milestone
$ 100B
$100 Billion Milestone

Apollo’s credit business surpasses a milestone for total assets under management. Credit funds managed by Apollo are a key component of our integrated global platform and apply the same disciplined investment philosophy that we employ across all our businesses.

MidCap Financial Acquired

Apollo acquires MidCap Financial, a leading commercial finance company focused on the middle market in the United States further growing and diversifying Apollo’s origination capabilities and platforms.

Merx Founded

Merx Aviation, a global aircraft leasing, management and finance company, was founded extending Apollo’s origination capabilities into global aircraft leasing, management and finance.


Apollo Global Management, LLC makes its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, ticker symbol APO, further solidifying Apollo’s position as a leading global alternative investment manager.

Apollo Launches Credit Strategies

Apollo Credit Strategies capitalizes on both long and short catalyst-driven opportunities across market cycles.

Athene Launches
Athene Launches

Athene is founded during the financial crisis, creating opportunity from dislocation in the life insurance industry.

World-class ESG Reporting

Apollo issues its first annual ESG report and establishes a world-class ESG program incorporating more than 150 individual EGG metrics to capture both quantitative and qualitative insights.

Apollo launches European Principal Finance (EPF):

EPF draws on Apollo perspectives across credit, real assets, and private equity. The business is positioned to capture European deleveraging opportunities across non-performing loans, opportunistic and distressed real estate assets, and a variety of asset types that no longer work on regulated balance sheets.

Global Perspective
Global Perspective

Apollo opens its first two international offices—Singapore in 2005 and London in 2006. Seven other offices across Europe and Asia open over the next decade.

Confidence in Fund V
FUND V $ 3.7B
Confidence in Fund V

Despite the aftermath of the internet bubble and the onset of recession, Apollo Investment Fund V raises $3.7 billion of investor commitments; the fund’s investments range from AMC Entertainment and Berry Plastics to Intelsat.

American Value
American Value

Investment in US-based Samsonite Group establishes Apollo’s reputation for acquiring, rebuilding, and growing domestic businesses. It’s the first of many successes–such as Converse, Vail Resorts, and Hostess Brands–that will follow over the next two decades. The firm also raises its third private equity fund.

Expansion to Real estate

Apollo continues to diversify, closing on its first real estate opportunity fund.

Executive Life

One of Apollo's earliest and most successful deals involved the acquisition of Executive Life Insurance Company's bond portfolio establishing what will become the leading credit platform among alternative asset managers.

The New Beginning
Apollo Old Logo
Apollo is Founded

Established in 1990 as an entrepreneurial firm built for the shifting financial landscape, Apollo is quickly recognized for its innovative and disciplined investment approach.

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