Haute 100 San Francisco Update: James Coulter

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today, James Coulter continues to power through the recession, paying homage to entrepreneurs along the way .

James Coulter

Category: Billionaire

Company: TPG Capital

Industry: Private Equity

What Made Him Haute: James Coulter is one of the giants in private equity and is known for loving the art of the multi-billion dollar deal. He co-founded TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group) with the San Francisco headquarters under his leadership. Familiar company names that have Coulter’s fingerprints all over their financial accounts include Burger King, J.Crew, Petco, Neiman Marcus, and Del Monte Foods. Most recently his group collaborated with CPP Investment Board for a $5 billion takeover of IMS Health, a health-care research company.

What Makes Him Haute Now: According to Forbes‘ Billionaires list, Coulter’s net worth has recently bounced back to the list at $1.5 billion. With affiliates, TPG now manages $45 billion. Aside from having served on several boards, these days, Coulter’s most recent work outside of TPG is his involvement with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a week-long festival that includes workshops, speeches, and parties in honor of budding entrepreneurs.