James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. The company was incorporated in 1993. Highland is a SEC- registered investment advisor. Together with its partners, the corporation manages a fund of $18 billion. The company uses various sets of asset classes and structures in the alternative investment landscape. They include separate accounts, hedge funds, mutual funds, collateralized loan obligations, and special situation private equity. James Dondero’s company has an impressive record as a premier alternative asset manager. Over the years, the firm has focused on the healthcare sector where it manages $2.3 billion in the form of mutual funds and institutional funds.
Presently, Dondero manages Highland Capital Management’s investment strategies and operations for retail and institutional products. He has extensive experience in the competitive industry. James is credited for being among the pioneers of collateralized loan obligations. Over the years, he has received different awards, including Morningstar’s 5-star designation.
Previously, Dondero worked for GIC, a unit of Protective Life. In this company, the executive served as the chief investment officer. Through his visionary leadership, he was able to grow the agency into an international firm with an asset base of $2 billion within a period of five years. Notably, Dondero controlled nearly $1 billion for the American Express.
Additionally,James Dondero has played an active role in enhancing community initiatives. He has donated millions of dollars to non-profits organizations and charities in Dallas. Dondero’s dedication to enhancing educational opportunities for people residing in Fort Worth region has resulted in the increased partnerships with different like-minded entities. Through his concerted efforts, James has been able to enhance the livelihood of the residents of Dallas. Some of the initiatives that have impacted the populace of Dallas include SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, Perot Museum of Natural Sciences, and Education is Freedom.
James Dondero enrolled in the esteemed University of Virginia where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. Dondero is a chartered financial analyst and a certified management accountant. Owing to his extensive experience and broad knowledge in the industry, James has been sharing his ideas with the boards of different companies. Presently, he serves on the boards of American Banknote, MGM Studios, CCS Medical Corporation, NexBank, and Cornerstone Healthcare.