James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Dallas, Texas based Highland Capital Management. A graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with a degree in accounting and finance, he’s a certified management accountant as well as a chartered financial analyst. Dondero has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry. He has a great deal of experience in credit and equity markets.
In 1984 James Dondero began his financial services career when he joined Morgan Guaranty’s training program as an analyst. The next year he became a corporate bond analyst with American Express. During his four years there, he became a portfolio manager dealing with fixed income funds valued at about $1 billion. Dondero went on to become chief investment officer at GIV, a subsidiary of Protective Life. Under his leadership the value of the company, which was founded in 1989, grew to $2 billion.
Dondero then left and co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993.
Highland Capital Management offers a wide array of award-winning products as well solutions for retail and institutional investors. The company currently has assets under management in excess of $14.9 billion. Some of Highland Capital Management’s affiliates include NexPoint Advisors, Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Residential Trust, NexPoint Capital, and NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund. In 2014, Highland Capital received 5-star designation from Morningstar for Global Allocation, the Floating Rate Opportunities Lipper Award, as well as having their Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund voted top ranked by Morningstar.
In addition to his work with Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is also board chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, NexPoint and NexBank. Plus, he’s on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote. Dondero also provides support for a variety of charitable causes, activities and organizations. Among them are SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Uplift Education, Education is Freedom, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Snowball Express and the Perot Museum of Natural Science.
James Dondero has donated millions to charities and non-profit organizations in the Dallas area. That’s just one manifestation of his commitment to helping improve people’s lives.