11. 21st Century Group L.L.C.

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Founded by John Ware in 1998, 21st Century Group L.L.C. is the second largest African American-owned private equity firm in Texas. Under Ware’s leadership, the company manages $166 million in capital–up 107% from the previous year.

The financial services firm focuses on later stage investments. The company targets lower middle market companies with superior management in place. The Dallas-based firm’s portfolio investments include Paris Packaging Inc., Integrity Packaging Inc. and Urban Radio–a joint venture between 21st Century Group and Goldman Sachs.