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Billionaire Bonderman’s Wild Ways Forged TPG. It’s Up to Winks to Tame It

David “Bondo” Bonderman's freewheeling style defined TPG as a private investment firm, but it falls on Jon Winkelried to prove it can deliver as a public company.

Jon Winkelried, co-chief executive officer and partner of TPG

Jon Winkelried, co-chief executive officer and partner of TPG

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Talk to just about anyone who’s worked at TPG Inc. over the past three decades and they’ve got a David Bonderman story. 

There was the time he spent weeks holed up on a superyacht off the coast of Australia while authorities tried to question him over a $700 million tax bill. Or when executives rented a private island in the Caribbean to celebrate the wildly lucrative buyout of Continental Airlines.