An investment firm focused on private equity in the food and agribusiness industries

Investment Areas

Prairie Knoll LLC invests in businesses across the food and agriculture value chain.

  • Inputs

  • Production

  • Processing

  • Distribution

Investment Approach

Investment Focus

Prairie Knoll LLC is interested in cash flow positive businesses with good long term prospects, and typically interested in firms with $2 million to $10 million of EBITDA.

How We Operate

Prairie Knoll LLC operates as an independent sponsor of buyouts, and takes a thoughtful and collaborative approach to investing.


Mark Swenson, founder, is an experienced institutional investor responsible for successfully managing a team of investment professionals with accountability for over $60 billion of assets across a wide array of asset classes for Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 diversified financial services organization. Assets included a multi-billion dollar private equity portfolio that invested in private equity funds, and also directly in private businesses through a co-investment program.

Earlier in his career Mark worked for Prudential Financial, for a predecessor to Wells Fargo, and also in a financial position at Abbott Laboratories.

Mark received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota, graduated with distinction; and an MBA from Northwestern University; graduated with distinction. He is also a CFA charterholder.



365 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 201
Naples, Florida 34102

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