James Dondero is co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, an investment advisory company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company has around $15 billion under management. The company provides alternative investment strategies to its many clients. They specialize in credit strategies and equity investment opportunities. They serve pension plans, endowments, corporations, governments, foundations and high net worth investors. James is one of the pioneers in the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. He has over 30 years’ experience in the credit and equity markets. In 2014, one of Dondero’s funds received Morningstar’s 5-star rating. In 2014, he also received the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities.
Prior to starting Highland Capital Management, Jim was chief investment advisor for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. He took to division from infancy to $2 billion within five years. Before GIC he worked as a manager of approximately $1 billion in fixed income assets for American Express. He graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in accounting and finance. He is a Certified Management Accountant, and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim is on the Board of Directors for MGM Studios and the American Banknote. He is Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical Corporation.
Jim is very active in philanthropic ventures as well. James Dondero is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for the Dallas area. He and Highland Capital donated $2 million to Southern Methodist University for undergraduate scholarships. He donates to Education is Freedom that provides financial assistance to at-risk youth for continuing education. He supports Snowball Express and organization that provides happy experiences to children of fallen military heroes who died in active duty. He supports Uplift Education, which creates and sustains public schools. Jim also donates to the Dallas Zoo.