James Dondero, 54, is the Co-founder and President of Dallas hedge fund, Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero attended the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Jim, as he called by friends and family, double-majored in accounting and finance where he received the highest achievable honors. In 1984 he was accepted by the JP Morgan Guaranty program where he began training to be an analyst.
From the middle to late 80s, James Dondero worked with American Express as a corporate bond analyst. Later he became their portfolio manager for an estimated $1 billion in fixed income funds. James Dondero is experienced to say the least. He has been active in his field for 30 years and sits on several boards. Mr. Dondero is Chairman of the board of NextBank, NexPoint, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare. In addition to his position as Chairman he sits on the board of MGM Studios, American Banknote, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and Jernigan Capital, INC. Learn more about James Dondero at Affiliate Dork.
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Dondero was the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary before founding Highland. Under his careful stewardship the subsidiary grew by $2 billion. Highland Capital Management was co-founded by Dondero in 1993 and has since acquired $13.8 billion in assets. Mr. Dondero’s expertise focuses mostly on distressed, high-yield investing and he has been cited as a pioneer in progressing the CLO market and investor-based credit-oriented solutions across the globe. Currently, Highland offers CLOs, hedge funds, mutual and private equity funds, as well as REITs, ETFs and institutional separate accounts. Read more about James Dondero at Daily Forex Report.
Though a successful businessman, Jim is also a dedicated philanthropist supporting charities such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Education is Freedom and the Perot Museum of Natural Science to name a few. Mr. Dondero is a giving man and the Dallas community has benefitted from his presence. Highland Capital gave $10 million each to the George Bush Center and Boeing’s initiative to help post-9/11 vets. Highland Capital has brought jobs to Dallas and has been well-recieved. Dallas journal named Highland one of the best places to work in 2015. James Dondero has proven he is capable of excelling at his endeavors and under his leadership this Dallas LP is sure to continue thriving and making a difference here in Texas.