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James Coulter (financier)

James Coulter
Born 1959/1960 (age 54–55)
Residence San Francisco, California
Citizenship United States
Education Dartmouth College
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Occupation Co-founder of Texas Pacific Group
Employer TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group)
Net worth Increase US$ 2.1 billion (September 2013)[1]
Religion Methodist
Spouse(s) Penny Saer
Children three
Parents Shirley Nagler
James W. Coulter

James Coulter is an American investment manager, and co-founder of private equity firm TPG Capital, originally known as the Texas Pacific Group.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Coulter was raised in a Methodist family, the son of Shirley (née Nagler) and James W. Coulter.[2][3] His father was a chemical salesman for Chevron.[2] He is a graduate of Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude graduate from Dartmouth College, where he was also a member of Alpha Chi Alpha. He subsequently received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1986, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.


In 1992, Coulter co-founded the Fort Worth and San Francisco-based private equity firm along with David Bonderman.[4] The firm is one of the largest globally with approximately $50 billion of assets under management.[5] Prior to co-founding TPG in 1992, Coulter and the other co-founders worked for Robert M. Bass. Coulter joined the Robert M. Bass Group from Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.

Coulter has been involved in some of the largest leveraged buyout transactions on record including TPG's marquee transaction, the takeover of Continental Airlines in 1993. He has also been involved with TPG's investments in America West Airlines, Burger King, Del Monte Foods, J. Crew,[6] Ducati Motor Holding, Gemplus International, MEMC, ON Semiconductor, Oxford Health Plans,[7][8] Petco[9][10] and Seagate Technology.

Personal life

Coulter is married to Penny Saer from New Orleans.[11][12] They have three children.[1][13]


  1. ^ a b Forbes: The World's Billionaires - James Coulter September 2013
  2. ^ a b Cornell University newsletter: "IN MEMORIAM - JAMES W. (JIM) COULTER" April 2009
  3. ^ Obituary: James W. Coulter April 17, 2009
  4. ^ Texas Pacific's habit of success. February 28, 2003
  5. ^ Top 50 PE funds from Private equity international
  6. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer. "J. Crew Caught in Messy World of Finance as It Sells Majority Stake." New York Times, October 18, 1997
  7. ^ Norris, Floyd. "Shake-Up At A Health Giant: The Rescuers; Oxford Investors Build In Some Insurance, in Case Things Don't Work Out." New York Times, February 25, 1998.
  8. ^ "Company News; Profits Triple At Oxford; Texas Pacific Buyback Set." New York Times, October 26, 2000.
  9. ^ "Company News; Management-Led Group To Buy Petco For $505 Million." New York Times, May 18, 2000
  10. ^ "2 Equity Firms to Acquire Petco ." Bloomberg L.P., July 15, 2006.
  11. ^ New Orleans Times-Picayune: "New Orleans Entrepreneur Week adds billionaire investor Jim Coulter to Thursday speaker lineup" by Mark Waller March 21, 2013
  12. ^ Obituaries Orleans Parish Louisiana: Phyllis Emling Saer April 2005
  13. ^ Dartmouth Now: "Dartmouth Board Elects Three New Charter Trustees" June 13, 2011
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