James Dondero has done a great job at making a name for himself in the Dallas area over the past 30 years. Dondero, currently the President and CEO of Highland Capital, has spent the majority of his life working with investors and managing funds in a way that maximizes returns and takes a different look at opportunities. Through his business knowledge and ability to work with people, he has grown the portfolio of Highland to over $13 billion in assets, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
James Dondero had a modest upbringing. In early adulthood, he found himself studying accounting and finance at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce. After graduating, Dondero joined American Express as a corporate bond analyst. There he helped investors determine which bonds were likely fatten their holder’s pocketbooks, and he soon found himself the manager of $1 billion portfolio.
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After his short time at American Express, he joined Protective Life as the Chief Investment Officer of one of the many corporate subsidiaries. Here, he again used his knowledge of capital markets and trends to help grow the fund he was managing to over $2 billion in short order. He transferred these skills and his knowledge into a new venture that he was starting to invest in: his how company. Follow James on Linkedin.
Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Markets and has never looked back. Highland is currently investing for pensions, governments, financial intuitions, corporations, and foundations. They offer several different investment strategies for all different types of clients, including collateralized loan obligations, which James Dondero worked hard to bring to the firm. Highland is also starting to offer several types of alternative investments to their clients, including funds in emerging markets.
Even with all of his success, James Dondero finds ways to give back to his Dallas community and the country at large. He donates to institutions such as the Uplift Education Foundation and Education is Freedom. He also gives generously to the Perot Museum of Natural Sciences and the SMU Tower Scholars Program. Dondero fills the rest of his time with other board obligations for MGM and American Banknote.