James Dondero is a busy, yet balanced man. Being in a business industry where billions of dollars are made, managed and invested, James, known to friends and family as Jim, finds a way to not only succeed as a business leader, but also a philanthropist, fulfilling his philanthropic deeds all throughout the city of Dallas.
Mr. Dondero, co-founder and president
of Highland Capital Management, has over 30 years of experience when it comes to investing credit and equity markets. That same experience is what led him to help pioneer the usage of the Collateralized Loan Obligation(CLO). Graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in accounting and finance, Jim began his career in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. From that point on, Jim would see his career even further blossom, working and partnering with investors such as American Express, Protective Life Corporation, and serving as Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare Group and CSS Medical Corporations. Currently, Mr. Dondero is also the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at NexPoint Inc., and HCM Acquisition Company.
As co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero manages the private equity business. His duties include determining and executing the strategic investment of Highland Capital and its operation of initiatives. Under the leadership of Mr. Dondero, Highland Capital manages approximately $13.5 billion in assets, and has the history of being known as the leading alternative asset manager.
And yet none of those career highlighting achievements hold weight to the philanthropic efforts Jim has campaigned for the city of Dallas and beyond. Supporting and funding numerous charities and events such as the Uplift Education, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education is Freedom, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute and the Dallas Zoo, Mr. Dondero has always actively supported initiatives that involved education, public policy and veterans’ affairs.
James Dondero’s vast experience and excellence in business management leadership, along with his drive and dedication to philanthropy, have made a great impact on the city of Dallas. And that impact has made Dallas a great place to work, live, and enjoy.