James Dondero has spent the past 30 years working in the equity and credit markets. He currently serves as the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Under his belt, the firm offers numerous award-winning solutions to retailers and institutions. The company has $14.9 billion worth of assets under management. Highland Capital Management comprises of NexPoint Capital, NexPoint Advisors, and NexPoint Residential Trust. Highland Capital Management received several prestigious awards in 2014 including Morningstar’s top-ranked Healthcare Fund, Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation.
Mr. Dondero began his career journey as an analyst in 1984 shortly after being accepted into Morgan Guaranty training program. He, later on, graduated with dual majors in Finance and Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce in Virginia. Mr. Dondero also holds rights as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Management Accountant. He began working in 1985 as a bond analyst at America Express. With time, Mr. Dondero made his way up as the company’s Portfolio Manager. He would manage approximately $1 billion worth of assets before leaving America Express in 1989.
James Dondero worked at Protective Life’s GIV Subsidiary as the Chief Investment Officer before founding Highland Capital. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary grew to $2 billion in assets. James Dondero currently serves as the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, CCS Medical, and NexBank. Besides, he sits on the boards of MGM Studios and American Banknote. As a philanthropist, James Dondero supports several charitable causes. They include Perot Museum of Natural Science, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Education is Freedom, Uplift Education, George Bush Presidential Library, and Snowball Express. James Dondero is an accomplished entrepreneur and hedge fund manager.
James Dondero’s portfolio management experience range from leveraged bank loans, derivatives, mortgage-backed securities, emerging market debt, and investment grade corporates. Mr. Dondero is thrilled that his investment firm focuses on making a positive impact on the Dallas community. Through his commitment with Mary Jalonick, the CEO of The Dallas Foundation, James Dondero has committed to $3 million as his monthly philanthropic budget.
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