High performance dispersant for various minerals for acrylic, butadiene/styrene and vinyl acrylic based coatings. The hydrophobic modification allows it to have surfactant like capability providing excellent pigment wetting capability. It also provides good gloss and hiding at economical use levels. In addition, when formulated with high performance binder and other high quality additives, it can provide greater corrosion resistance to coatings formulations. Can be used wide range of formulations, including flat primer, low VOC paints, interior and exterior flat, sheen, semi-gloss paints and glossy topcoats. It is a most generally useful dispersant, and can be expected to lend good dispersion, stability, and film properties in a broad array of coatings systems.