Carlyle close to acquiring Getty Images

  • Private equity firm Carlyle Group is close to signing a deal to acquire Getty Images from Hellman & Friedman, according to two people familiar wit the matter.

    The agreement could be announced as early as this week.

    Carlyle beat out other private equity bidders, including CVC Capital Partners, in the auction for the largest provider of stock photos, video and other digital content.

    The value of the transaction is believed to be worth more than $3.5 billion.

    If the sale is made, it would come more than four years after private equity firm Hellman & Friedman acquired its majority stake in Getty Images for $2.4 billion.