Blackstone has raised $15bn (£9.4bn) from investors in one of the biggest ever private equity fundraisings, furnishing the firm with a war chest for acquisitions in Britain and around the world. The company, headed by Stephen Schwarzman, is understood to be looking at possible UK acquisitions in areas that include healthcare, media leisure, engineering and technology. Blackstone has invested hundreds of millions in Britain, acquiring stakes in Tragus, owner of the Strada and CAre Rouge restaurant chains; Cineworld; Merlin Entertainments, which owns the London Eye and Madame Tussauds; and food multinational United Biscuits. The Observer, Business, p37