Lisa Merage serves as co-founder and managing partner of RAJ Capital. The Newport Beach-based firm is the alternative asset platform of the Bhathal Family Office.
RAJ Capital was established after successfully selling the family’s 50-year-old women’s swimwear business, RAJ Swim, to private equity. Lisa was CEO of RAJ Swim from 2006-2016.
In 2009, she launched LUXE by Lisa Vogel, an upscale and chic swimwear fit solution for the modern beach sophisticate, sold at luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. LUXE by Lisa Vogel was honored as the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim Presents “Designer of the Year” in 2012.
Lisa has appeared in numerous fashion and business television segments including appearances on CBS, E! Entertainment Television, NBC Inside Couture, and FOX’s Good Day LA. She has participated as a panelist for BUZZ: An Executive Women’s Think Tank, and awarded with the inaugural “Rising Leader” Award at Segerstrom Center’s Arts and Business Leadership Award Dinner. Lisa was a recipient of the 2015 “Women in Business” Award from the Orange County Business Journal and was the Keynote Speaker at the event in 2016.
Along with her family, Lisa is co-owner of Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC. The firm owns the Sacramento Kings franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Golden 1 Center, the Sawyer Hotel and residences, and is the developer of the Downtown Commons entertainment and sports district in Sacramento.
With a philanthropic passion for both the arts and education, Lisa is on the Board of the Orange County Museum of Art as well as involved with Segerstrom Center as an Angel of the Arts. She currently serves as a Trustee for Sage Hill School, and served for seven years as a Trustee at St. Mary’s IB World School. In 2015, she was awarded the “Altruist of the Year” Award from Modern Luxury magazine. Lisa is also a board member of Gen Next, a nonprofit aimed at education reform, economic growth, and national security.
Lisa is a graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business. She is married to husband Richard Merage, and resides in Newport Coast with their five boys.