James is the president and the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. He has over 30 years’ experience in credit and equity markets. The Highland Capital Management investment together with its affiliates owns assets that are worth $ 13.5 billion.
Mr. Dondero attended the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelors in Commerce, he majored in Accounting and finance. Alongside this, he also has CPA, CMA, and CFA. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
James Dondero is also the chairman of the NextBank, CCS Medical, cornerstone Healthcare and board member of the American Banknote and MGM Studios. In 2015, Mr. James Dondero was appointed to the board of directors for NextPoint Trust.
- Dondero began his career as an analyst in 1984 in the Morgan Training program before assuming several positions. He has also served as the corporate Bond Analyst and later portfolio manager at American Express. James served as the chief investment officer between the years 1989 to 1993, of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and helped the company grow the business from inception to over $2B in four years.
Under the leadership of Mr. Dondero, Highland Capital has been a pioneer in the developing of the Collateralized Loan Obligation as well as proceeding solutions that are related to credit both for the institutional and retail investors globally. The Highland Market offer products such as hedge funds, private equity funds, CLOs, ETFs, mutual funds, and REITs.
The Highland’s boasts a diversified base of clients that includes foundations, public pensions plan, endowments, financial institutions, funds of funds, high net worth individuals, corporations, and government. The firm’s headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas and also has offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.
Mr. Dondero’s management experience includes investment grade corporate, leveraged bank loans, mortgage-backed securities, emerging bank debts, derivatives, common stocks and preferred stocks.
As a dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero has supported different initiates including education, veterans affairs, and public policy. Furthermore, he has donated millions to proceeds in Dallas-area and charities. Due to the commitment of Mr. Dondero in improving the educational opportunities, it has resulted in the growth of a list of partnerships and donations that is enriching the lives of the people of Dallas. Follow James on Linkedin.