Brookfield Around the World

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Brookfield is a leading global alternative asset manager with a portfolio of more than US$ 350 billion in assets under management, 120 years of history and a presence in more than 30 countries. 

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Company History

Brookfield’s history began in 1899, when a group of Canadian investors joined Brazilian investors to establish the São Paulo Tramway, Light and Power Company. This company was responsible for developing the street lighting and electric powered public transportation systems in the city of São Paulo. 

In support of these projects, in 1901 the group unveiled the Parnaíba Plant, the first hydroelectric plant to supply the city of São Paulo. In 1905, it expanded its activities to the country’s capital city of the time, constituting the Rio de Janeiro Tramway, Light and Power Company. From there onwards, the group invested in gas distribution and telephony systems. By 1925, it had become one of the largest public utility companies in Latin America. 

Over its long history, Brookfield has acquired and developed assets across many sectors and geographies, achieving, as a competitive differentiator, strong operating expertise in the areas of business it is invested in today.

In the early 2000s, the company made the decision to invite institutional investors to invest alongside Brookfield, marking the beginning of the transition to an alternative asset manager. Today, over US$ 108 billion is invested in third party capital across various strategies.

Brookfield today

Today, 120 years after its establishment in Brazil, Brookfield is one of the largest global alternative asset managers in the world, investing in long-life, high-quality assets and businesses that form the backbone of the global economy including:

  • The world’s largest real estate portfolio including office, retail, multifamily, logistics, hospitality, self-storage, triple net lease, manufactured housing and student housing across five continents;

  • Infrastructure assets that deliver essential goods and services across the utilities, transport, energy and data infrastructure sectors;

  • One of the largest global operations of renewable power with 18,000 megawatts of generating capacity located in North and South America, Europe, India, and China;

  • A leading private equity business focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs in the business services, industrials and residential sectors;

Globally, Brookfield has a team of 750 investment professionals and supports the employment of approximately 100,000 operating employees in more than 30 countries.

As it continues to grow, the company focuses on three key competitive advantages: a strong global presence, access to large-scale capital, and operating expertise.

Company portfolio 

Brookfield has more than US$ 350 billion in assets under management, across a number of sectors, as detailed below.

 
 

REAL STATE

 
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294

commercial properties with approximately 13 million square meters of area

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172

shopping malls with approximately 14 million SQUARE METERS of gross leasable area

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103

logistics parks, with about 1 million SQUARE METERS

 
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35,000

residential, multifamily units

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155

self-storage warehouses

 
 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

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218

HYDROPOWER plants

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134

wind farms

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578

utility-scale and distributed generation solar facilities

 
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6

biomass facilities and cogeneration plants

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4

pumped storage and battery storage facilities

 
 

INFRASTRUCTURE

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37

ports

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10,300km

of rail operations

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4,200km

of toll roads

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4,300km

of electricity transmission lines*

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6.6M

electricity and gas connections

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17,500km

of transmission pipelines

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13

natural gas processing plants and 600 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage

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1.6M

residential infrastructure customers; district heating and cooling systems in 11 cities

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7,000

multi-purpose towers and active rooftop sites

 
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1.7M

acres under management of Agricultural and Timberland operations

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data centers and 5,500 km of fiber backbone

 
 

* Includes about 2,000 km of completed lines and another 2,300 km under construction.

 

PRIVATE EQUITY

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Business Services, including:

Construction and residential real estate development, facilities management and real estate services

Road fuel distribution and marketing

Financial advisory services, entertainment and logistics

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Infrastructure Services, including:

Services to the power generation industry

Services to the offshore oil production industry

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Industrials, including:

Production of graphite electrodes, wood panels, returnable plastic packaging and infrastructure support products

Water and wastewater services

Specialty metals and aggregates mining

Natural gas production and oilfield services

 
 

NUMBERS/HIGHLIGHTS

 

US$350B

in assets under management



+750

investment professionals



~100,000

operating employees



+30

COUNTRIES



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Assets under management by region

 
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US$35B

Canada

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US$189B

United States

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US$40B

South America

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US$64B

Europe, Middle East and Africa

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US$27B

Asia-Pacific

 

 

Brookfield’s Competitive Advantages

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GLOBAL PRESENCE

Operations in more than 30 countries. Global relationship network gives access to a large number of investment opportunities around the world. 

LARGE-SCALE CAPITAL

A sound balance sheet and access to large-scale capital enable us to participate in an agile and decisive manner in transactions of a size that few others could do. 

OPERATIONAL EXPERTISE

The operating experience we have acquired over 120 years is harnessed to generate sustainable cash flows, add value and produce consistent, long-term returns for our investors and shareholders. 

CONTRARIAN INVESTORS 

Our experience shows us that the best opportunities are often found in out-of-favor regions or sectors.

CAPITAL PRESERVATION 

Protecting the capital entrusted to us is at the forefront of how we think about risk; we therefore pursue a prudent and disciplined approach to investing and financing. 

ALIGNMENT OF INTEREST

A significant amount of the capital across our private funds is our own, ensuring strong alignment of interest with our investors.

 
 

Assets under management by segment

 

US$188B

Real Estate Investments



US$61B

Infrastructure



US$47B

Renewable Power



US$42B

Private Equity



US$16B

Public securities*



 

* Brookfield’s Public Securities Group serves institutions and individuals seeking the investment advantages of real assets through actively managed listed equity and debt strategies.

 
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