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William E. McGlashan Jr. (born November 20, 1963) was an American businessman and former international private equity investor. McGlashan founded TPG Growth, the growth equity and smaller buyout investment arm of TPG Capital, a global private equity investment firm. He is also a founder and was the initial-CEO of The Rise Fund, a social impact fund he co-founded with Bono and Jeff Skoll. McGlashan is a co-founder and a former board member of STX Entertainment, an American film and television studio launched in 2014 with Robert Simonds, and a cofounder and director of Evolution Media Capital.
William E. McGlashan Jr.
(1963-11-20) November 20, 1963 (age 55)
|Occupation||Ex-Founder and Ex-Managing Partner, TPG Growth|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Rasic McGlashan|
William E. McGlashan Jr. (born November 20, 1963) was an American businessman and former international private equity investor. McGlashan founded TPG Growth, the growth equity and smaller buyout investment arm of TPG Capital, a global private equity investment firm. He is also a founder and was the initial-CEO of The Rise Fund, a social impact fund he co-founded with Bono and Jeff Skoll.
McGlashan is a co-founder and a former board member of STX Entertainment, an American film and television studio launched in 2014 with Robert Simonds, and a cofounder and director of Evolution Media Capital.
McGlashan was arrested March 12, 2019, after being caught on FBI audio recordings, for participating in a college admissions bribery scandal. He was then fired for cause by TPG.
Before joining TPG Capital in 2004, McGlashan was Chairman and CEO of Critical Path. He joined the email service company in April 2001, three months into an accounting scandal that caused Critical Path’s stock to drop 75 percent, prompted two dozen shareholder lawsuits, and resulted in criminal charges against four executives. McGlashan was credited with keeping Critical Path out of bankruptcy, eliminating 87 percent of its debt, and settling the lawsuits within three months for $17.5 million, compared to the potential claim total of $240 million.
Previously, McGlashan co-founded and was CEO of Vectis Group, a venture capital firm that invested in emerging markets. Prior to Vectis Group, McGlashan co-founded and served as CEO of Generation Ventures, which focused on developing new healthcare and technology companies in China. In 1994, he co-founded and served as President of Pharmanex, Inc. In 1998, Pharmanex was sold to Nu Skin, an herbal supplement company. Earlier in his career, McGlashan was a senior associate with Bain Capital and Information Partners.
McGlashan is active on a number of boards, including Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. (as chairman), XOJET (as chairman), Creative Artists Agency, HotSchedules, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Ride, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Brava, Seasoned, and Common Sense Media. He has also been a board member at Survey Monkey, SuccessFactors, Schiff Nutrition International, AgraQuest, and WIL Research Laboratories.
Among non-profits, McGlashan has board of director roles at Common Sense Media and is active with the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Economic Forum, and had served on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He is also the founder of The Rise Fund, a social impact fund started by TPG Growth in partnership with Elevar Equity. McGlashan was recognized for The Rise Fund, a $2 billion impact-investing initiative, in this year’s Vanity Fair New Establishment list.. He has been fired from his job at TPG after his arrest in the college admissions scandal was revealed.
As a Stanford University business student in the late 1980s, McGlashan co-founded the World Service Project. The project’s goal was to offer administrative and practical support to projects with a new model of multinational teams in such areas as environmental preservation and hunger prevention. “The organization received support from U.S. Senators and Representatives, The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Peace Corps and Nobel laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez.
In 2013, McGlashan relocated temporarily with his family to Mumbai, India, to manage investments in India and Asia. He was said to be “the first global head of a premier bulge bracket (Private Equity) house physically making such a ‘transformative’ relocation” (The Economic Times).
McGlashan is married to Marie Rasic McGlashan; together they have three children. Together the couple donated to Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope in 2017 and 2018. They have also donated to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. He is the nephew of the former Marin County supervisor Charles McGlashan, who died in 2011.
On March 11, 2019, McGlashan, along with numerous others was arrested for his role in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. After a lengthy FBI investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice charged McGlashan with attempting to secure his son's admission into the University of Southern California (USC) by bribing officials into enhancing his son's academic and athletic performance so his son's application would be more competitive and be eligible for the school's "sidedoor" admission. The allegation against McGlashan resulted in him being fired by the TPG. However, McGlashan claims he was "initially put on leave” and “already had resigned” prior to the indictment. After his arrest, investors were permitted to pull their commitments from his social impact fund, a move that could have an adverse effect on the firm's goal of raising three billion dollars by the end of 2019.