Ridgetop Capital Raises $200M to Invest in Marcellus/Utica Leases

Ridgetop Capital Partners, founded in 2007 and headquartered in the Pittsburgh area, is a private institutional investment firm focused mainly on the oil and gas space. That is, they raise money from rich people (and businesses) and invest that money in projects which they closely watch and influence, hoping to make their money back with a generous interest rate. A LOT of private money funds oil and gas development–there is nothing new or novel about Ridgetop. However, what is new and novel is that the company has just closed on another round of fundraising–chasing $200 million through the door–which they will now use to buy natural gas mineral rights (i.e. leases) in the Marcellus/Utica. The company previously invested ~$130 million in our region’s shale, snapping up ownership in over 30,000 acres (most, perhaps all of it, in joint ventures with major M-U drillers). Where will Ridgetop likely invest to buy new acreage? They’ve given us a big clue…

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