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Category: Business meets Philanthropy

There are some people who have dreams of achieving big things. However, their version of big things tend to be different from what is truly big. There are people that are dreaming about controlling everything and everyone. This often arises from some kind of insecurity. A lot of people do feel insignificant. Therefore, they often have dreams that compensate for what they feel that they lack. However, the attempt to control other people often does not work out well for people. This is one of the reasons that people often fail to live up to their dreams. Fortunately, there is a better alternative.


One person that is an example of this alternative is Malini Saba. She has made a lot of progress in her work as an investor. She is someone who does not seek to control others. However, she has faced some opposition in her rise to the top from people who want to control everything and everyone. However, she has shown that it is not necessary for people to control everyone. She has also shown that attempts to dominate everyone are ultimately going to fail. She has not only moved past the obstacles, she has made it easier for other women to move past their obstacles.


Her way of dealing with people also shows that she is not interested in controlling people. For one thing, she takes the time to ask people as opposed to telling them. This makes people more comfortable with her. This is one of the reasons that Malini Saba is not only respected and admired, but truly cherished. She shows people an alternate way of gaining respect.


One of the most important activities to her is helping out people who are struggling. This is why she has set up Stree: Global Investments In Women. She is someone who has been vulnerable and poor herself. She does not look back on this experience with fondness. Therefore, she wants to help people rise up from their circumstances so that they can experience prosperity. After all, being on the bottom of everything is really tough and something that one should not have to go through.


Raj Fernando believes that Chicago offers the ideal business platform which starts up businesses should take advantage to grow. Chicago has a real business ecosystem of differentiated industries that requires one another to generate more revenue.

It is through this opportunity that Raj Fernando stepped out of his career as an established bond trader in Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade to start his first company Chopper Trading is 2002.

As the CEO and Founder of Chopper Trading, he was in charge of the company’s trading, communications, employee selection and other activities that are vital for a start-up company to compete against its established business rivals in the financial market.

During his management in Chopper Trading, he exhibited his exceptional skills in management. During his tenure, Chopper Trading marked a historical growth from a startup to a leading company within ten years.

The company’s employees were ranked as the most robust and professional team in Chicago’s financial market. For this reason, Chopper Trading served leading clients like LSE, ICE, CME and Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed. Raj understood the unique skills of each employee. He encouraged his employees to help each other while giving out services.

After their regular activities, Chopper Trading employees were given an opportunity to exercise and participate in various sporting activities like chess, soccer, table tennis, poker, and baseball. In other times, the company sponsored their employees with tickets to watch favorite teams like Blackhawks, Cubs, and Bulls.

The practices improved employee productivity and modified the company’s working environment into one that most employees preferred. Different from other businesses, which faced high employee turnovers, Chopper Trading workers, left their career after retiring.

To date, Chopper Trading Chess team and Soccer teams rank amongst the best in the Chicago league. In. 2015, Raj sold his company to DRW Trading Group. Afterward, he launched a new Startup, Scouthead that offered to communicate technology services to its clients.

Away from his regular duties, Raj supports various organizations in Chicago and the United States working to improve the living standards of people. Some of the organizations he supports includes Holocaust Museum, Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago symphony orchestra group.

James Dondero is a Dallas-based Certified Management Accountant serving as the co-founder and the president of Highland Capital Management. He began his career as an investment advisor back in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty Training Program. He worked for the organization for over 30 years as an investment advisor before shifting to credit and equity marketer. As a CMA, Dondero is allowed to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. James Dondero is a charitable giver and is very active in supporting education and health initiatives.

Apart from Highland Capital, Mr. Dondero is the president of Nexbank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He also worked as the chief investment officer between 1989 and 1983 and contributed to the buildup of GIC. During his time at American Express, James Dondero worked as a corporate bond analyst and later as the Portfolio Manager.

When the annual philanthropic budget grew to over $3 million, Dondero was compelled to search for a management partner. Consequently, He chose Mary Jalonick, the President, and CEO of the Dallas Foundation. Dallas Foundation has contributed immensely towards the success of the non-profit community in North Texas. While working together, Dondero and Jalonick established Highland Dallas Foundation Inc. They formed Highland Dallas Foundation Inc., to support its sister foundation, The Dallas Foundation. The core value of Dallas Foundation is to inspire and support the charitable organizations financially. Apart from philanthropic support to the education and healthcare sectors, Dondero has also engaged in several civic organizations. Just to mention a few, the Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum and the Bush Presidential Library.

The appointment of Linda Owen

Just recently, Linda Owen, the former president and CEO of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation was hired to help Dallas Highland Foundation Inc., connect to Jim’s vision as a strategic move to improve the quality of life in North Texas. Linda’s appointment was made by Jim and The Dallas Foundation. Dondero’s contribution to the growth of non-profit organizations in North Texas has been significant in helping increase annual funds needed to improve the living standards.

Sanjay Shah is a well-known businessman and philanthropist who has earned the nickname Captain in the financial world. A graduate of King’s College in London, England Sanjay received his degree in accounting. After graduation he began working for Credit Suisse, ING bank, Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen and Merrill Lynch to name a few of the prestigious jobs he has held. After the financial downturn of 2009 Sanjay left Merrill Lynch and started his own company Solo Capital. In a time of job uncertainty it was a risky venture to undertake. With a handful of college graduates and a small staff Sanjay built a multi-million dollar business in a few short years. Today Solo Capital which is owned by Solo Capital Group Holdings LTD has blossomed into a financial boutique worthy of its praise. Sanjay has acquired 36 companies in countries such as London, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Malta, Kenya, Denmark, Germany and Dubai. His most noteworthy acquisition was Old Park Lane Capital, a private invitation-only brokerage firm whose primary source of trading is natural resources securities. In 2015 Sanjay Shah and his partners purchased 99.9% of Varengold Bank AG in Hamburg, Germany.

Solo Capital groups owns such companies as Luxembourg Aesa S.a.r.l, Autism Rocks, Autism Research Trust, Hooloomooloo Holdings, Elysium Global Limited, Solo Capital, Solo Capital LTD in Dubai, Solo Capital Partners,Solo Group Holdings, Arche Cayman Limited, Ganymede Cayman Limited, Telesto Cayman Limited, SC Developed Market Equities Fund (OEIC) Limited and Varengold Bank to name a few of the various holdings he has amassed in a relatively short amount of time. To date Solo Capital is worth an estimated $280 million dollars.

Since his semi-retirement Sanjay Shah has directed his focus to Autism Research. In 2010 Sanjay set up the Autism Research Trust a charitable organization where he was appointed director in 2013. The trust is registered in England and Wales. In June of 2015 Sanjay Shah bout the Autism Rocks domain name for a staggering $100,000 in the hopes of generating awareness and donations for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a cause dear to his heart, his son Nikhil, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After consulting with several British organizations the family was referred to the Autism Research Center in Dubai. Since its inception the Autism Research Trust has partnered with Cambridge University’s Autism Research department. Upon realizing there was not much known about this disorder, nor a cure, Sanjay began to brainstorm. He began Autism Rocks to raise awareness and procure donations for research. The first concert was an invitation only event which was headlined by Prince. Since the first concert he has organized several others including the now yearly Blended Festival in Dubai which features big name artists and unsigned acts as well.

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While there’s much to dislike about January in terms of weather, it’s so far not proving to be a bad month for investors. While the fall of 2015 gave the international stock market a seismic shake up, as reported by CNBC, the first trading week of 2016 was the most positive in a month. While the average vehicle driver has been pleased at the low gas prices at the pump as a result of plunging oil prices, oil’s fall has had a more ominous effect elsewhere.

The downward plummet of oil stocks has had a cumulative effect, dragging both energy and other stocks down with it. But its downward fall leveled off late in 2015, and these stocks ended the first week of the new year with oil’s best one and seven day gains since August of 2015. In addition to the rallying of oil stocks, markets and investors were encouraged by the recent remarks of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Draghi indicated in a recent press conference that his organization was prepared to take bold steps to help turn the bearish markets around.

While investment analysts and experts are pleased at the market’s positive turnaround, they warn that it’s not out of the woods yet. Joe Sowin, head of global equity trading at Highland Capital Management notes that since stock gains seem to be driven by oil and other energy companies, he feels one should wait and check for corporate stock gains before declaring the markets “cured”.

And given its track record, certainly advice from Capital Management should be heeded. The firm is headed by James “Jim” Dondero, a CEO with almost forty years of experience in equity and credit markets, and the architect of many highly successful portfolios for satisfied clients. Jim Dondero got his start as a industry analyst and portfolio manager, becoming a chief investment officer before starting his own firm. As Jim worked his way up through the industry ranks, he earned billions for his clients, enabling them expand both their investments and their businesses at large.

And Jim Dondero and his Highland Capital partners believe that no matter what the current state of the markets, both retail and institutional clients should have a wide range of options to choose from, with a goal of value driven investments. As a result, Highland Capital looks at a wide range of strategies, from conventional to alternative approaches, such as credit equity. Because of these mixed approaches to investing, Highland Capital Management is poised to look after the needs of its many private and public investors as the markets progress through 2016.

To see the CNBC article, go to: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/22/us-markets.html


Globally recognized for his extraordinary wealth, George Soros was born far removed from a silver spoon in Budapest in 1930. After escaping the throes of Nazi occupation during World War II, Soros managed to earn a degree from the London School of Economics before emigrating across the Atlantic to America. Using the same pluck that enabled him to evade oppression and genocide, Soros has earned many lifetimes of material fortune. According to Investopedia,  Mr. Soros is largely celebrated for his ingenious and aggressive wealth management, it is the multibillionaire’s decades of philanthropy that seem to be his true pursuit. Having founded Open Society, a philanthropy dedicated to promoting open nations that embrace transparency and human rights, and continuing to dedicate his wealth and drive to countless other humanitarian endeavors, there can be no doubt that George Soros is one of the world’s most prominent investors in humanity.

Having developed a reputation as a brazen speculator capable of successfully predicting significant market shifts, Soros was able to establish and operate Soros Fund Management, one of the most profitable firms in the hedge fund industry. Consistent profits led Soros to wealth so great that, by his own admission, he has been enabled to take a stand on controversial issues in ways others cannot. This ability empowered Soros to found Open Society Foundations, which, established in 1979, has been dedicated to cultivating transparent governments and societies that embrace human rights around the world.

It is as if in spite of the suffering Soros lived through in his early days, he remains doggedly committed to helping the global community foster societies where human rights and government accountability are the rules, not the exceptions. Thanks to this vision and determination, today Open Society is a philanthropic empire that includes a network of foundations and projects in more than 100 countries, with expenditures in excess of $800 million annually.

In addition to facilitating open governments, Soros continues to lend his experience and advice to policy makers and promote voters’ rights. Although many have tried to put a price on Soros, his philanthropy goes to show that no price can be put on investments in creating a better humanity.