Oregon Investment Council commits to private equity funds

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oregon's public pension fund voted to invest nearly $1 billion.

The Oregon Investment Council voted to commit $700 million to TPG's Strategic Partnership Account and another $250 million to TPG's TSSP Adjacent Opportunities Partners L.P. The commitment represents 7 percent of the pension fund's $14.3 billion in private equity investments, which represent about 21 percent of the $68 billion pension fund.

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Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

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