New York-based Schwarzman, who made billions building up Blackstone, one of the largest private equity firms in the world, will move to Paris in January and likely stay for three to six months, the source said.
Schwarzman has close ties to France. He knows French President Nicolas Sarkozy well, the source said. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by former French President Jacques Chirac, according to Blackstone’s Web site.
Blackstone has an office in the center of Paris, close to the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries.
The move is to help Schwarzman manage the travel demands of running a company that has offices and investments around the world, while bridging Asian and U.S. time zones.
Blackstone has 17 offices around the world in locations such as Shanghai, Mumbai, London and Dusseldorf.
The company recently raised a $15 billion private equity fund, a significant part of which likely will be invested in Asia. It is also raising a yuan-denominated fund for China.
In addition, a significant number of the investors in Blackstone’s funds are based overseas.
Schwarzman owns various properties in the United States and has a summer home in the South of France.
Megan Davies is a correspondent for Reuters in New York.