Harvard Management Company

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Harvard Management Company, Inc.
Industry Investment management
Founded 1974 (1974)
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key people
Jane Mendillo
(President & CEO)
AUM Increase US$ 30.435 billion (2012)[1]
Parent Harvard University
Website HMC.Harvard.edu

Harvard Management Company, Inc. or HMC is an American investment management corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University charged with managing the university's endowment, pension assets, working capital, and non-cash gifts.[2] HMC is best known for managing the university's $32 billion endowment,[1] the largest endowment in higher education in United States.[3]


The company employs financial professionals to manage the approximately 11,000 funds that constitute the endowment. The company directly manages about one third of the total endowment portfolio while working closely with the external companies that manage the rest.[4] The HMC is headed by a professional, who holds the titles of president and chief executive officer of the company.

Jack Meyer managed HMC from 1990 to September 30, 2005, beginning with an endowment worth $4.8 billion and ending with a value of $25.9 billion (including new contributions). During the last decade of his tenure, the endowment earned an annualized return of 15.9%.[5] In part after compensation disagreements, a number of HMC managers including Meyer himself left to form their own investment management firms. Bloomberg in 2011 reviewed a group of the resultant firms—Adage Capital Management LP, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, Convexity Capital Management LP (Meyer's), Highfields Capital Management LP and Regiment Capital Advisors LLC—which at that time between them managed $43 billion in assets.[6]

The university hired Mohamed El-Erian to succeed Meyer as HMC's next president and CEO. He came from the bond trading company PIMCO and pledged to "rebuild and reinvent" the company. He announced his leaving September 12, 2007 to return to PIMCO after guiding the endowment to a one-year return of 23%.[7]

Jane Mendillo was named the new head of HMC, effective July 1, 2008. She had been Wellesley College’s chief investment officer since 2002. Prior to that, she served as vice president for external management at HMC. A 1984 graduate of Yale University followed by an MBA from Yale School of Management, Mendillo first joined HMC as an equities analyst in 1987.[8] Her tenure was largely shaped by the financial crisis of 2007–2010, with a cash squeeze in University operation and endowment performance, a shrinkage of endowment asset value, and errant interest rate, financial derivatives and leveraged positions, according to a Feb. 2009 news report. Staff of HMC was trimmed 25%, or by about 50 people, in line with shrinkage of about $8 billion (about 22%). A source for the report said that some of the positions in the endowment which had to be liquidated were in hedge funds run by Meyer's Convexity Capital and Seth Klarman's Baupost Group.[9]

Marc Seidner joined HMC as vice president for domestic fixed income in an effort to revamp the company's bond division in 2006. Mr. Seidner was previously the director of active core strategies at Standish Mellon Asset Management.[10] The Wall Street Journal reported on June 23, 2009 that Seidner was departing from the organization. On August 14, 2009 PIMCO announced that it had hired Seidner as an executive vice president and portfolio manager to manage a range of fixed-income portfolios.

Harvard Management Company and Harken Energy[edit]

In 2002, Harvard Management Company was linked to George W. Bush's so-called Harken Energy scandal.[11][12][13] Specifically, Michael R. Eisenson, who would later found private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners was the Harvard representative on the Harken Energy board when Harvard made a $30 million investment into the ill fated oil company venture.[14] At the time, employees were accused of improperly investing their own money into Harken but Harvard deemed those investments appropriate.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mendillo, Jane L. "2012 NCSE Public Tables Endowment Market Values Report". National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Harvard Management Company (2008). "About HMC". Archived from the original on March 1, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ Ciarelli, Nicholas M. (September 28, 2005). "Super-Size Me". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved May 15, 2006. 
  4. ^ Harvard College Fund (2008). "The Endowment". Retrieved March 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ BusinessWeek (2005). "Harvard Loses an Investing Star". Retrieved March 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ Wee, Gillian, "Harvard's Crimson Cubs With $43 Billion Dwarf Their Former Endowment Home", Bloomberg, March 2, 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  7. ^ The New York Times (September 12, 2007). "Fund Chief at Harvard Will Depart". Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  8. ^ Boston Herald (2008). "Harvard Management Co. appoints new chief". Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  9. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine, "Endowment Director Is on Harvard’s Hot Seat", The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2009. Retrieved 2-22-09.
  10. ^ Mossavar, Cyrus, "Harvard Management Company Hires Two Senior Executives in Plan to Remake HMC", The Harvard Crimson, April 20, 2006.
  11. ^ Kranish, Michael, "Harvard fund poured millions into Bush-connected oil firm: Family connection raised as factor", The Boston Globe, July 18, 2002, p. A12
  12. ^ Blenkinsopp, Alexander J., "Harvard Stock Under Scrutiny", The Harvard Crimson, July 19, 2002.
  13. ^ Conason, Joe, "Did those 'boutique' liberals bail out Bush?", Salon.com, July 11, 2002.
  14. ^ Fitts, Catherine Austin. "The Money Lords Of Harvard: How The Money Works At The World's Richest University", scoop.co.nz.
  15. ^ Steinhard, Jenifer L., "Harvard Investors Call Harken Deal Clean", The Harvard Crimson, November 21, 2002

External links[edit]


The Harvard Crimson

Further reading[edit]

The Harvard Crimson