We spoke to 40 insiders about how Silver Lake’s Egon Durban amassed power at the media-shy private equity firm

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Egon Durban, the co-CEO of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a newly-minted billionaire who has been drawing comparisons to Warren Buffett, with membership in some of golf’s most exclusive clubs and an inside track to the Oscars.

A Texas native who made his name acquiring and then selling Skype, he has rapidly become the lead dealmaker on investments spanning entertainment, media, and technology.

Under Durban, Silver Lake’s name has recently been associated with pandemic-era investments into social media platform Twitter, home-for-rental company Airbnb, and travel site Expedia. Those deals and others have led some Silver Lake insiders to wonder if Durban may be flying too close to the sun.

Read more: Silver Lake just added to a string of bets in the struggling travel sector by leading a $108 million investment in vacation property startup Vacasa

The investments have been flashier than the staid but dependable investments upon which Silver Lake made its name, backing the operations of software and hardware companies.

Silver Lake has been raising its latest fund — one source in June said it could settle on as much as $18 billion — making it one of the largest buyout funds focused exclusively on tech investments, with the opportunity to reshape entire industries.

Business Insider interviewed more than 40 people close to Durban and Silver Lake, including those who do or have worked directly with him and across from him, to understand his management style and how he’s been able to amass his power inside the notoriously media-shy firm.

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SUBSCRIBE TO BUSINESS INSIDER TO READ THE FULL STORY: We talked to 40 insiders about the meteoric rise of Silver Lake’s Egon Durban, the tech-focused PE firm’s top dealmaker who’s about to get $18 billion more to invest

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