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TPG: A Leader in Global Alternative Asset Management


Investing in the right prospects can make a shift for the better, and TPG knows just the way to do that.

The private equity investment market has evolved and abandoned the requirement for private capital as a way to help the growth of early-stage businesses. The main premise of successful equity investment companies is that creating value takes time, therefore the fund structure of such firms is illiquid over the course of 10-12 years.

David Bonderman, James Coulter, and William S. Price formed the Texas Pacific Group (also known as TPG) in 1992 with a strong ambition for fund abundance management in different industries.

In its essence, TPG’s team is dedicated to supporting big changes that come with industry trends or economic cycles. The platform’s formula for success lies in the financial support they give to distressed businesses instead of shying away from them.

Read on to learn about the extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit that are embedded in the founders’ professional journey.

The Entrepreneurs’ Young Years

The three main roles in this business story belong to David Bonderman, James Coulter, and William S. Price.

David Bonderman was born in a Jewish family in Los Angeles, in 1942. He started his higher education at the University High School in his city. After that, he acquired a Phi Beta Kappa degree from the University of Washington in 1963 and got his magna cum laude at Harvard Law School in 1966.

James Coulter was born in 1959 as a part of a Methodist family and the son of a chemical salesman for Chevron. After finishing Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey, he obtained a summa cum laude degree at Dartmouth College. During his academic years, he was a member of Alpha Chi Alpha. Afterward, James earned his MBA and became an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Finally, William S. Price got his formative academic knowledge as a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

The Career Portfolios

The three successful entrepreneurs have extensive career paths and have brought valuable experience to TPG.

David had a short, but significant career in academia as an assistant professor at Tulane University Law School for two years, after which he became a special assistant to the US Attorney General until 1969. In 1971, he started working as a partner in Arnold & Porter’s law firm in Washington D.C. There, he obtained significant knowledge of corporate, antitrust litigation, securities, and bankruptcy.

David’s career had an upward turn in 1983 when he became CEO of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. In addition to that, he joined the investors team of the future T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

David also participated on the boards of American Service Bank, Washington Mutual, Burger King, and Uber until June 2017. His name is also notable in some charity work, such as The Wilderness Society, World Wide Fund for Nature, and the American Himalayan Foundation.

James Coulter brings to TPG an extensive experience from working for Robert M. Bass. Before co-founding TPG with David and William, he transferred into Robert M. Bass Group from Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.

Apart from the TPG’s marquee transaction, James has taken part in several other large leveraged buyout transactions such as the takeover of Continental Airlines in 1993. He further expanded his experience with the investments in Seagate Technology, America West Airlines, Burger King, Oxford Health Plans, etc.

James Coulter founded the Coulter IDEAPitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (otherwise also known as NOEW). The company hosts the Coulter IDEAPitch competition where the winner gains a $100,000 investment in their next funding round. Some of the winners are Acrew, a video interviewing HR tech product in 2017, and the pharmaceutical research brand AxoSim in 2018.

Before joining the Texas Pacific Group founding team, William Price served as a partner and co-head of the Financial Services Practice of Bain & Company. After that, he was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development in GE Capital.

William’s prior experience contributed to his participation in TPG’s investments such as Ducati, Grohe, Continental Airlines, Petco, and Beringer. However, in 2006, he decided to put his work at TPG on hold in order to pursue entrepreneurship in wine vineyards.

The Rise of a Private Investment Empire

Private equity investments have increased dramatically in recent years thanks to the appealing returns and greater focus on governance.

Prior to forming the platform in question, James Coulter and David Bonderman worked together at the Bass Family Office. In 1992, they decided to start a memorable partnership and started Texas Pacific Group by opening the first offices in San Francisco.

While on the path of success, TPG was faced with some serious hoops to jump through, standing tall among competitors like Wingate Partners, Bain Capital, and Apollo & Carlyle, among others.

The story of TPG is embroidered with West Coast-based entrepreneurial heritage and family office roots that led to a unique approach to alternative investments. Since the beginning, the main pillars of the platform’s work have included an affinity for disruption through the latest technology, innovation-led growth, and an open-business culture of collaboration.

This business concept based on innovation has brought about a sense of discipline and an organic evolution of the TPG brand. This company’s mission is centered around the organic launching, incubating, and scaling of new products and platforms - and all of this occurs in the early stages of the development of industry trends.

Today, TPG has more than three decades of functioning on the market in which they have built an ecosystem of engagement, insight, and collaboration. TPG platforms and products nowadays cover more than 280 active portfolio companies with headquarters in around 30 countries around the world.

The company is actively and gradually changing the future of alternative asset management through a dedicated strategic orientation towards multiple ever-growing industry areas, including impact, technology, and healthcare.

Texas Pacific Group is currently led by Jon Winkelried, who served as co-CEO in the company since 2015 and finally got the CEO position in 2021.

Enriching the Finances

In all these fruitful years of existence on the market, Texas Pacific Group acquired a mind-blowing sum total of $41.2B in 10 funding rounds. The most recent round was the TPG Rise Climate Fund in 2021 and in it, the company raised $5.4B.

The TPG Rise Climate fund is a climate investment plan that aims to extend the impact of investing platform TPG Rise. With its acquired monetary goal at $5.4B, TPG Rise Climate is creating a unique merge of capital from some of the biggest global institutional investors and more than 20 pioneering companies in investments for climate solutions on an international level. This funding round has brought a hard cap of total capital commitments estimated at $7B and was completed at the end of 2021.

Another of the latest sources of capital for the company was the flagship buyout fund and a new fund dedicated exclusively to healthcare deals, in which TPG acquired approximately $14B.

The largest individual funding round for the company was worth around $11.20B according to the filings. These resources served for the support of TPG Partners VIII LP and came together with another special $2.57B for TPG Healthcare Partners LP.

Prospects for the Future

As of today, TPG has grown into a leading private, public, and growth equity firm that is headquartered in San Francisco and employs around 230 people.

This company’s leadership team includes some of the most acclaimed business leaders and executives in the world with more than two decades of experience under their sleeves supported by a promising team of young, talented professionals.

The business has expanded to 12 offices in 8 countries that allow essential global influence and international network for transactions, value investments, and raising capital.

With a serious company like TPG, one that means business, the world is yet to see the benefits of investing in the right companies.