Jehangir A. Raja
Jehangir A. Raja (also known as J.A.) has a long and varied business career that encompasses many segments of the investment management, private equity, and related fields as well as positions in corporate finance and operations. For instance, Raja is a hedge fund manager, an entrepreneur, a Wall Street veteran, and an accomplished financial executive. Most recently, in August 2016, Raja founded JR Dallas Wealth Management, a private equity firm based in Dallas Texas, where he serves as the company’s CEO.
Since 2004, Raja has also served as CEO of BrightWay Capital (also based in Dallas), where he manages investments, trades equities, and leads mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture transactions. The private equity investment firm was started from scratch, and it raised and managed $1.2 billion within its first year. BrightWay successfully invested and coinvested with firms such as KKR & Co. Inc., a global investment firm; Carlyle Group, a multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation; and TPG Capital, a private equity investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts and capital growth. Raja also acquired United Investment Managers, a Chicago based asset management firm with over $300 million under management.
Prior to these acquisitions, Raja was one of the founding members of U.S. Remodelers Inc. based in Irving, Texas, which was eventually purchased by Home Depot. It went public in 1998 and operates as a subsidiary of U.S. Home Systems Inc. Some of the other investments Raja made were in companies like the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), one of the largest national oil companies in China; the Oil & Gas Development Company (OGDC), a Pakistani multinational company; and Alibaba, a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology.
Raja has over 26 years of experience in the financial industry encompassing executive leadership, equities trading, initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions (M&As), sale of businesses, private equity placements, debt financing, and financial analysis. Raja studied graduate level finance investment analysis at St. John’s University in New York and earned his MBA from Emporia State University in Kansas.
Because of his extensive experience and expertise, Raja has served on various advisory boards for companies in several industries. For example, he served on the board for the Commercial Finance Association (now the Secured Finance Network), which is the largest commercial finance entity in the world. His fellow directors were CEOs for Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch. Like SFN, Raja encourages, facilitates, and supports education, networking, and innovation for the betterment of the young and seasoned professionals who continue to move the finance industry forward.
Jehangir A. Raja, CEO
Managing Member of the General Partner
JR Dallas Wealth Management
2425 N Central Expressway # 700
Richardson, TX 75080