No doubt James Dondero has had a wildly successful career in finance. He is the President and Co-Founder of Dallas based Highland Capital Management, which has more than $15 billion in assets. But while Dondero has taken his business to high levels of success, he also has not forgotten about the city Highland calls home. Since 2005, Dondero and his firm have donated more than $10 million to a variety of charitable and civic causes. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 with dual majors in accounting and finance. He started out in the business world as a corporate bond analyst for American Express, working for them until 1989. That’s when he became the Chief Investment Officer for the GIC Subsidiary of Protective Life. Under his leadership, the firm grew to a $2 billion dollar company. In 1993, he set out on his own to form Highland Capital Management, which went on to become one of the top firms in the nation for credit strategies, hedge funds, private equity, and collateralized loan obligations.
Dondero and his company have also been supportive to a number of philanthropic causes. This includes The Family Place, which helps domestic violence victims in Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Snowball Express, which helps the children of veterans, and Uplift Education. Money from Dondero and Highland have also gone to make improvements to the Dallas Zoo.
Along with his responsibilities at Highland, James Dondero serves on a number of boards. He is the President of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc., Chairman of NexBank Capital, Inc., and Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc. He is also a member of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board. Follow James on Linkedin.