Who doesn't want to invest in Twitter, Dropbox or Spotify?

It can be difficult to invest in a company that doesn't trade on an exchange, but there are opportunities for investors to play the game.

Investing in private companies is restricted to what are known as accredited investors. These individuals (or married couples) must have a net worth of at least $1 million, or income of at least $200,000 for the past two years ($300,000 for couples), with a reasonable expectation of making the same amount in the upcoming year.

But for now investors still have to look for alternative ways to invest in private companies.

Retail investors can buy shares of publicly traded companies, from giants such as Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), or Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG). Both are heavily involved in the private equity business, but I don't see them investing in companies such as Twitter, Spotify or Dropbox.

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