James Dondero’s Tenure at Highland Capital Management
James Dondero was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His career as an analyst began in 1984 after being accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program. Mr.Dondero graduated with the highest honor in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia School of McIntire School of Commerce. James Dondero is the Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management (HCM), which was founded in 1993. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas. As a dedicated philanthropist, James Dondero actively supports charitable initiatives in education, veterans’ affairs, and public policy. James Dondero has over three decades of working experience in credit and equity markets specializing in high-yield and distressed investments. Mr. Dondero is duly certified as a Management Accountant as well as a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation right.
James Dondero devotes to helping the Dallas community improve its living standards and access to quality education and stable jobs. Through Highland Capital Management’s philanthropic arm, Dallas Foundation, James Dondero supports several educational and veteran’s affairs in Dallas. Highland Capital Management’s $2 million donation to Southern Methodist University provides brilliant undergraduate students an opportunity to study abroad and interact with influential global leaders. The first applications were accepted in 2014 and admission is open to all disciplines.
Under James Dondero helm, Highland Capital Management has developed several award-winning financial solutions for institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management manages approximately $14.9 billion worth of assets. Its subsidiaries include Acis Capital Management (CLOs), NexPoint Advisors, NexPoint Capital, and NexPoint Residential Trust.
James Dondero also serves on the boards of CCS medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and NexBank. Besides, he sits on the board of the American Banknote and MGM studios. As the Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, Jim initiated the development of GIC, a subsidiary of Protective Life. Since its inception in 1993, James Dondero’s Highland Capital has pioneered the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market. It also develops credit-oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors across the nation. Highland Capital Management has created employment for over 165 people in Dallas.