James Dondero is a financial services professional based in Dallas, Texas. The co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, he has been involved in the equity and credit markets for more than 30 years. Under his guidance and leadership Highland Capital Management has amassed assets under management in excess of $14.9 billion. The company has also received numerous awards. They include a 5-star designation from Morningstar for Global Allocation, the Lipper Award for their Floating Rate Opportunities and they were top-ranked by Morningstar for their Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund.
A 1984 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with the highest honors, James Dondero earned degrees in both Accounting and Finance. He’s also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Management Accountant. Immediately after earning his degree, Dondero joined Morgan Guaranty’s training program. In 1985 he became a Corporate Bond Analyst for American Express. He was promoted to a Portfolio Manager by the company and handled fixed income funds valued at about $1 billion. Dondero left American Express in 1989 and joined the newly formed Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary as Chief Investment Officer and led them to become a $2 billion company before leaving to found Highland Capital Management.
In addition to his work with Highland Capital Management, James Dondero lends his experience and expertise to a number of other organizations. He’s Chairman of the board at CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank and NexPoint. Dondero is also a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote and MGM Studios. Plus he’s involved in providing support for a number of charitable causes and organizations. They include Education is Freedom, Uplift Education, the Tower Scholars Program at SMU, the Perot Museum of Natural Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute.
As part of the work James Dondero is doing at Highland Capital Management he works in concert with several affiliates. They include Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Advisors, NexPoint Capital and NexPoint Residential Trust. In his over three decades of work in the financial services industry James Dondero has earned a reputation for excellence.
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