Growing businesses in partnership with management

At McCarthy Capital, we specialize in supporting management teams, who retain operating control and meaningful ownership, in growing their business. We provide capital, guidance and strategic resources to the people and companies in which we invest — our partners. Our mission is simple: growing businesses in partnership with management.


Long-term approach

The McCarthy organization was founded in 1986. We have partnered with entrepreneurs in more than 70 private companies. Our focus on partnering with management has not changed.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, the firm’s investment team manages more than $4.0 billion of capital. We are currently investing from our latest private-equity fund, McCarthy Capital Fund VIII, L.P., a partnership totaling $870 million of capital commitments.  We are also pursuing our Emerging Growth strategy with smaller investments. For specifics on each, please refer to our Investment Focus.

Active, committed and experienced

McCarthy Capital is a partnership of experienced investment professionals. We are employee-owned, committed and focused. We bring an active commitment to our investments and have substantial experience supporting our operating managers. Our investment team brings a wide variety of skills and experiences including finance, capital markets, corporate development, strategic planning, legal, accounting, tax and research.

The investment team has significant capital at risk in the firm’s investment funds, creating alignment with our investors, our team and our management partners. We place the interests of our management partners and investors ahead of our own, knowing that this alignment typically optimizes long-term outcomes.


We are very committed to giving back to the communities in which we live. We make our communities better by supporting various organizations with our time, talent and financial resources.

Entrepreneurial foundation

Michael (Mike) R. McCarthy founded the McCarthy organization in 1986.  He had an audacious founding goal of helping local businesses grow and as a result diversify the local economy from production agriculture.  At the time, Mike was involved in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and was working with friends and family experiencing a devastating farm crisis.  This entrepreneurial foundation and mission of building businesses in partnership with management teams continues to drive our behaviors, activities and investment strategy.  We are all very grateful for Mike’s numerous contributions to the organization.


Mike remains very engaged in our community and he serves on the boards of several public, private and not-for-profit entities.