Highland Capital Management CEO James Dondero Gives Toward Education

Co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, is one of the most successful hedge fund and credit market analyst in the industry. With over 30 years of distressed investing experience, Dondero has served as both pioneer in developing collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and leader in credit-oriented solutions.

The success of Highland Capital can be attributed to the wide range of product offerings such as private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs and EFTs. The company now boasts nearly $15 million in assets. Associations extend to Nexpoint Residential Trust, Nexbank Capital and Cornerstone Healthcare Group.

Dondero’s path into finance began at the University of Virginia where he majored in accounting and finance. After graduating with honors, he went to work for Morgan Guaranty. He later joined American Express and became portfolio manager before leaving in 1989.

Two years before starting Highland, Dondero became CIO of Protective Life. Through Dondero’s leadership, the company’s assets grew to $2 billion. Dondero also holds several certifications including certified public accountant, chartered financial analyst and certified managerial accountant. He also sits on many boards including American Banknote, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and CCS Medical.

Dondero is well-known throughout the community as a person who gives back. Highland Capital has funded a number of local charities and initiatives for the betterment of the community. Among his growing list of partnerships is the Dallas Zoo, The Family Place, SMU’s Highland Capital Management Scholars Tower Program, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute and Perot Museum of Natural Science.

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