James Dondero is a big name in the world of credit and equity. He is the Co-Founder as well as President of Highland Management, L.P. He brings over 30 years of his working experience in the equity and credit markets. His years of service have majorly centered on both high-yield and distressed investing. Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 and since then, it was among the first to develop Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market as well as credit centered solutions for retail and institutional investors across the world.
Huge offerings the company has carried out include hedge funds, institutional separate accounts, CLOs, mutual funds, private equity funds, ETFs, and REITs. Prior to co-founding Highland Capital Management, entrepreneur James Dondero he served as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life’s GIC. He helped the company to grow to over $2 billion in just 4 years. Mr. Dondero served as a Corporate Bond Analyst as well as Portfolio manager at American Express. In 1984, he began his working career in the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. James Dondero attended University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors from the Mclntire School of Commerce majoring on Accounting as well as Finance.
He went ahead to earn certifications such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, as well as CCS Medical. He also serves at MGM Studios as a board member. He is also involved in various philanthropic endeavors through his company, Highland Management. James Dondero and his financial supports in one or another The Dallas Zoo, The Family Place, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, SMU’s Tower Scholars program, Education Is Freedom and many charity organizations. According to Dondero, Highland Capital Management supports organizations that make effort to impact communities in Dallas.