James Coulter (financier)

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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[edit]

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[edit]

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