Alexander Dibelius

The Return of the Overachiever

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Alexander Dibelius reinvents himself once again, this time as a finance investor at CVC Capital Partners in London.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Mr. Dibelius is expected to leverage his extensive network and in-depth knowledge of the German and Austrian markets to find and structure new deals for CVC Capital Partners.

  • Facts


    • Alexander Dibelius left his job as head of Goldman Sachs Germany last fall.
    • Steve Koltes, co-chairman of CVC, reached out to Mr. Dibelius, whom he worked with on numerous deals over the past 20 years.
    • His new role is a better fit since private equity firms are not burdened by the same kinds of regulations as banks.
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After a difficult year dominated by headlines about his turbulent private life and exit from Goldman Sachs, where he led business in Germany and Austria, Alexander Dibelius is embarking on a new career over the summer. It will be his fourth incarnation so far.

As a surgeon, he operated on hearts. As a business consultant at McKinsey, he dissected companies. And as the top dealmaker at Goldman Sachs in Germany, he was the savior of “Deutschland AG,” a term used to describe the network of major banks, insurance and industrial companies that make up the bulk of Germany’s business establishment.

He’s a go-getter, accustomed not only to success, but high levels of success. But last year, as the 55-year old became a father for the first time in the midst of a bitter divorce, he appeared to be more hunted than hunter, as the tabloid media descended on him.

Now, for his next reincarnation, Mr. Dibelius will join the London-based financial investment firm CVC Capital Partners, where he will have the chance to do what he excelled at while with Goldman: Hunt down potential purchases and orchestrate deals in the German-speaking region.

The telephone call from CVC co-chairman Steve Koltes came last fall, shortly after Mr. Dibelius had stepped down as head of Goldman Sachs in Germany. The two men have known each other for over two decades, working together on many deals where Mr. Dibelius was the consultant and Mr. Koltes, as the head of CVC Germany, made the purchase offers.

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