Since the formation of Oaktree in 1995, Howard Marks has been responsible for ensuring the firm's adherence to its core investment philosophy, communicating closely with clients concerning products and strategies and contributing his experience to big-picture decisions relating to investments and corporate direction.
From 1985 until 1995, Marks led the groups at The TCW Group that were responsible for investments in distressed debt, high-yield bonds and convertible securities. He was also chief investment officer for Domestic Fixed Income at TCW. Previously, Marks was with Citicorp Investment Management for 16 years, where from 1978 to 1985 he was vice president and senior portfolio manager in charge of convertible and high-yield securities. Between 1969 and 1978, he was an equity research analyst and, subsequently, Citicorp's director of research.
Marks holds a BSc degree cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in finance and an MBA in accounting and marketing from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize. He is a CFA charterholder. Marks is a member of the investment committees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, a trustee and vice chairman of the investment committee at the Metropolitan Museum, chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal Drawing School and an emeritus trustee of the University of Pennsylvania (where from 2000 to 2010 he chaired the Investment Board).