The Blackstone Group has reported its third-quarter earnings, noting its record AUM has climbed to $284 billion ($69.9 billion in private equity assets). The firm’s PE investments returned revenues of about $388 million in the quarter and $1.8 billion year to date, up 159% and 148% from the same periods in 2013, respectively. Year-to-date economic income hit $1.1 billion. Having commenced fundraising for its seventh global PE fund, Blackstone invested $3.2 billion of total PE capital in 3Q, with an addition $2.5 billion of committed capital yet to be deployed as of the end of the quarter. The firm will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per unit on November 3.