James Dondero is the president and co-founder of Dallas, Texas based Highland Capital Management. He has spent more than 30 years working in the equity and credit markets. His activities have been primarily focused on investing in high-yield and distressed stocks. Founded in 1993, Highland Capital has been known for its pioneering work in developing the market for Collateralized Loan Obligations. The company also provides international institutional and retail investors with credit oriented solutions. The company has won awards for its CLOs, REITS, ETFs, mutual funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, institutional separate accounts and other product offering.
Part of the reason for James Dondero’s success is his solid educational background. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He had dual majors in Finance and Accounting. Dondero is a certified public accountant, a chartered financial analyst and a certified management accountant. He started his business career in 1984 by participating in the analyst training program at Morgan Guaranty. Since then he’s worked at American Express first as a corporate bond analyst and later as a portfolio manager. He then worked at Protective Life as Chief Investment Officer and helped them accumulate more than $2 billion in assets.
In addition to his work with Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank and CCS Medical. He is also on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote. Dondero was recently appointed Highland Capital Management’s president of institutional products. He was also appointed to the board of directors of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. according to a recent report from Insider Monkey. Dondero also shares his valued insight on investments, financial markets, developed and emerging markets, treasury bonds and a wide range of financial news for the financial services publication Market Insight.
James Dondero is also a committed philanthropist. He is involved in supporting numerous charitable activities. The organizations to which he provides support include the Perot Museum of Natural Science, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute.