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Is it better to own a slice of the Carlyle Group, or to be an investor in one of its funds? Until last year that option was not available – you did not work there, and did not have the $5-million or so that was required to invest in one of its funds (if you did, well, how nice). The question is now less hypothetical. Last May, the private equity pioneer listed its shares. This week it is offering investors spots in its funds for the dainty little sum of $50,000.