The Global Alternatives Survey, produced in conjunction with the Financial Times and in its tenth year, follows trends in the investment of alternative assets by institutional investors around the world and provides authoritative rankings of investment managers in the main alternative asset classes.

The survey, which covers seven asset classes and seven investor types, shows that total assets managed by the Top 100 alternative asset managers globally reached US$3.1 trillion in 2012. It also shows that of the Top 100 alternative investment managers, real estate managers have the largest share of assets (34%) followed by direct private equity fund managers (23%), direct hedge funds (20%), private equity funds of funds (10%), funds of hedge funds (6%), infrastructure (4%) and commodities (4%).

The research also includes the top ranked managers, by assets under management (AuM), for each asset class and also shows that total global alternative AuM is now US$5.1 trillion.