One of the leading global investment firms, Blackstone has paved the way for innovation in the real estate sector. The company invests heavily in emerging markets and entrepreneurs to expand its portfolio. 2015 was a busy year for Blackstone, as it launching a new platform to focus on stabilised real estate in major markets. It has also made a five-year commitment to invest in infrastructure and energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa through its portfolio company Black Rhino and Dangote Industries. Blackstone is always on the hunt for exceptional talent, and in 2013 committed to hiring 50,000 people in five years.