James Dondero is Highland Capital Management‘s president and co-founder. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in accounting and finance. A Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, he currently oversees retail and industrial products operations and investment strategies for the company. Among the pioneers of Collateralized Loan Obligation and with over 30 years experience in credit markets, Dondero has the perfect skillset to help Highland Capital Management to succeed. (CFA) designation
Prior to founding Highland Capital Management Dondero Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary’s Chief Investment Officer. Within 5 years he helped to build the business from a start-up to the point where they has $2 billion in assets. Before going to Protective Life, Dondero worked at American Express where he managed fixed income funds in excess of $1 billion. Dondero has managed funds that have received the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and Morning Star’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation and #1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund among his many accolades.
James Dondero’s knowledge and expertise is highly valued by people in many other industries. He is chairman of the Board CCS Medical Corporation, Cornerstone Healthcare, and NexBank. He’s also on the board of American Banknote and MGM Studios.
He also lends his support to a number of other organizations to help them to be able to expand their capabilities and grow their organizations. Many smaller companies and non-profit organizations seek him out for advice and direction as they begin to put their foundation in place with hopes of growing their client base and increasing the services they offer.
Since the founding of Highland Capital Management in 1993, the company has drawn on Dondero’s experience with high-yield and distressed investing. Dondero and Highland Capital have also done pioneering work and been an industry leader in the use and expansion of the market for Collateralized Loan Obligation. Dondero’s training and experience has also helped them to provide their worldwide retail and institutional investors with innovate credit solutions to some of the issues they face. Some of the products Highland Capital offers include hedge funds, CLOs, institutional separate accounts, mutual funds, REITs, ETFs, and private equity funds.
But James Dondero is more than just a successful businessman. He has long been active in a number of philanthropic organizations. Dondero shares his time, money, experience, and expertise with non-profit and philanthropic organizations involved in a wide range of initiatives designed to provide support for the poor, the old, the infirmed, and at-risk youth. Some of those organizations are focused on areas like public policy, veterans’ affairs, and education. Through the work of James Dondero many of those organizations have been able to secure funds and other resources they need to fulfill their mission.
James Dondero doesn’t simply use his talent to enrich those that already have much. The Dallas, Texas resident is also deeply committed to helping the have-nots. It’s this commitment to helping others that help to define who he is and what he believes is important.