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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

General Atlantic, one of the oldest and most successful growth equity investment firms, today announced that it raised $7.8 billion for its latest closed-end fund.

The big picture: GA also continues to employ an evergreen fund, which means it basically has around $24 billion in investable capital. The firm tells Axios it's investing around $8 billion per year, and in 2021 has made 50 deals and had 21 IPOs.

  • Past portfolio companies include Facebook, Slack and Uber, while current ones include Duolingo and StockX.eDance.
  • Around 20% of its portfolio is in China, where General Atlantic has three offices and has operated for 20 years. Portfolio companies include Ant Financial and ByteDance.

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Private equity firms buy Athenahealth, again

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Private equity firms Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman acquired Athenahealth, an electronic health records vendor for physician practices, for $17 billion.

Why it matters: This is one of the largest leveraged buyouts of the year, and it means the previous private equity firms that took Athenahealth private in 2018 — Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital, a subsidiary of Elliott Management— tripled their investment.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.