James Dondero is a highly accomplished financial expert and philanthropist based in Dallas, Texas. His career began in 1984 after graduating from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
After his studies, American Express employed Mr. Dondero as a corporate bond analyst, a position he held for four years. In 1989, James Dondero was hired as a chief investment officer by Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. Under his leadership, the branch grew to $2 billion.
In 1993, Mr. Dondero quit his job as chief investment officer to start Highland Capital Management. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company offers financial services like collateralized loan obligations, alternative markets, credit management, and many other financial services.
Highland Capital Management’s clients are financial corporations, foundations, high net worth individuals, real estates, health care organizations, pension plans, and endowments.
Today, Highland Capital Management manages over 14.9 billion of assets and has affiliate companies like NexPoint Residential Trust, Acis Capital Management, and NexPoint Capital.
Apart from his financial career, Dondero donates millions of dollars to support multiple charity organizations in Dallas. For instance, he supports The Family Place, a charity organization that provides shelter and counseling to victims of family abuse and violence.
Furthermore, Mr. Dondero supports Education is Freedom, a not for profit organization based in Dallas. As its name suggests, this organization helps underserved students to pursue their college studies alongside helping them actualize their dreams.
James Dondero also supports other charity organizations like Dallas Zoo, Southern Methodist University Scholarship Program, Perot Museum of Natural Science, and Uplift Education. These organizations work to raise the living standards of the unfortunate people in Dallas, TX.