American investment company Carlyle Group will become the owner of the world's largest photo bank of images Getty Images. This was reported today by the news agency Agence France-Presse.
A controlling stake in the photobank will be bought out. The deal is said to be worth $3.3 billion. At the same time, it was previously reported that Getty Images was valued at $4 billion.
Photobank Getty Images was founded in 1995, when the Internet was just beginning to develop. Since 2009, the company has been bought out Hellman & Friedman. The purchase cost nearly $2 billion. However, in the first half of this year, information appeared that the current owner wants to get rid of this asset. Which is what was done.
In addition to the Carlyle Group, some other investment companies were also interested in the purchase, such as KKR&Co, TPG Capital и Bain Capital.