James Dondero was born in February 1970 and currently resides in Dallas. James Dondero is the institutor and President of Highland Capital Management, a leading SEC-registered investment adviser that has about 15 billion dollars’ worth of assets running. James Dondero also holds a place on the board of directors for companies including MGM Studios, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare.
Mr. James Dondero studied accounting and finance at the University of Virginia, earning dual merits, therefore he is a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. He, later on, served as Chief Investment Officer of GIC’s Protective Life subsidiary where he developed the business greatly between 1989 and 1993 under his leadership. Between 1985 and 1989, James Dondero was a Bond Analyst for a corporate and moved on to Portfolio Manager Position at American Express. He began his career as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. In 1993, James decided to start his own investment firm and he called it Highland Capital Management. Highland exploits a wide range of assets including separate accounts, distressed and special situations private equity, CLO’s, and mutual funds.
James Dondero has over 3 decades in the skill of investing in credit and equity markets. He has helped in the innovative use of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). James, is referred to by his friends and family as Jim, is devoted to the assistance of numerous charities, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Uplift Education and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.
Funds associated with James Dondero’s administration have received countless awards like the Lipper and 5-star by Morningstar Awards in 2014. Highland Capital Management’s donation to Southern Methodist University produces the best performing undergraduate students. These students have exposure to opportunities to study-abroad initiatives, access to key global leaders and meaningful senior-year internships. It also provides funds for youths seeking a college degree and also offer mentorship and professional assistance to the students. Highland’s donation of constructing a capital lodge to be used for special and private events in Dallas is also helping bring hippos back to the Dallas Zoo.
James Dondero’s life is dedicated to his work and he is very happy to have founded a company that has helped the people of Dallas move forward.