James Dondero is living proof that financial prowess and a true sense of giving can go hand in hand. The Dallas area can attest firsthand his true spirit of caring.
Mr Dondero is co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, a company that offers highly recognized solutions for institutional and retail investors. He serves as Chairman of The Board of such prominent companies as Nexpoint and Cornerstone Heathcare. He also happens to be on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote. But what many people in Dallas know him for is the work he’s helped support in the local community. Mr. Dondero has donated millions to non-profits and charities that connect to his passion for education. One such organization is “Education Is Freedom“, which offers financial assistance for college to at-risk youth as well as mentorship and professional development. Highland, has also partnered financially with Southern Methodist University to provide their hardest working students access to the best in senior year internships and study abroad initiatives. The George W. Bush Library and Perot Museum of Natural Science are also recipients of Mr Dondero’s generosity in the name of learning, as are Capital for Kids and the Dallas Zoo.
James Dondero’s career began as an analyst over 30 years ago. After earning double majors in Accounting and Finance, he joined American Express and quickly went from Corporate Bond Analysis to Portfolio Manager for about $1 million in fixed income funds. He later served as Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. All he did there was help them grow to $2 billion in assets. Then he founded Highland.
Highland has also historically been a loyal partner in the healthcare sector, managing $2.3 million in healthcare assets. Mr. Dondero has opened up loan opportunities to various additional investors by being a champion of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO).
James Dondero has spent his professional life earning and giving. He has shown that being productive and giving to help others reach the same position can all be done together. In Dallas, the next generation of educated professionals will benefit from the good he’s done.