Bob O'Brien is a senior writer at The Deal, covering private equity and writing both breaking news and feature articles. Previously, O'Brien spent 18 years at The Wall Street Journal and was featured as an on-air reporter on CNBC television, as part of the WSJ's licensing agreement with NBC Universal. He also wrote feature stories for Barron's magazine as well as an investment blog for Barrons online.

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