The Blackstone Group reported an ENI of $628 million for the first quarter, up 28% year-over-year. Total AUM rose from $205 billion to $218 billion, a 15% year-over-year increase, with $52.5 billion in its PE segment. Private equity income rose 15% for the quarter thanks in part to realization activity of $2 billion in 1Q. Total PE realizations stand at $4.6 billion over the past twelve months. The firm reported $35.8 billion in dry powder at quarter end.