James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highlands Capital Management, L.P., an independently owned investment firm whose headquarted right here in Dallas, TX. Highland Capital Management has offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.
Highland Capital Management, in partnership with its affiliates, currently manages approximately 18 billion dollars in assets as a SEC registered investment advisor. The company specializes in credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed and special situations private equity, and collateralized loan obligations. They also offer emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources.
James Dondero has over 30 years experience in this industry. Highland Capital Management holds awards for many of its products and solutions that it offers to their institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management L.P. was named one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal.
Mr Dondero has donated millions of dollars in proceeds to many nonprofit organizations and charities in the Dallas area. Some of those organizations and charities include The Family Place, the Dallas Zoo, SMUs Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, and Education Is Freedom to name a few.
James Dondero’s career began in 1984 with an offer into the Morgan Guaranty training program which he accepted. He graduated from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce shortly after where he majored in Accounting and Finance. Before Highland Capital Management, Mr Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and had a hand in helping it grow to over two billion dollars. He also managed $1 billion of fixed incomes funds for American Express.
Today, James Dondero is Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NexBank. He also serves as a board member for both American Banknote and MGM Studios. As well, as the president and cofounder of Highland Capital Management.