One of the biggest mutual fund companies is going to stay private, despite rumored outside interest.
On Friday Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasaparino tweeted
that "firms like Goldman Sachs
] have sent feelers" for years about acquiring Fidelity
] but that Fidelity continues to "rebuff feelers from Wall Street banks of a possible merger."
Fidelity is privately held by its employees and the Johnson family, with CEO Abby Johnson
as the biggest shareholder. The Boston Behemoth earned
a record $5.3 billion in operating income last year.
Last year, Abby Johnson shot down
Meanwhile, if Fidelity isn't available, perhaps the "Wall Street banks" Gasparino references will go after other deals in the area. Indeed, Gasparino says incoming Goldman CEO David Solomon
is expected to expand Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), possibly through M&A. Gasparino offers no hints as to who other targets might be, though.
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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