If you’re curious about James Dondero, he is the President and Co-founder of the immensely successful alternative investment management firm, Highland Capital Management. Founded in 1993, the firm is predicated on the management of hedge funds, investment funds, and structured investments, and boasts assets totaling $18.7 million. James Dondero is an accomplished businessman with years of experience in the financial sector and a wealth of business knowledge; he attended the University of Virginia Mcintire School Of Commerce, where he earned B.S. in accounting and finance, in 1984.
After completing his studies at the University of Virginia, James Dondero received additional financial training at JP Morgan and then transitioned to the role of portfolio manager for American Express, working with the company from 1985 until 1989. While with American Expressed, he managed over $1 billion in fixed income funds and gained considerable experience in finance management. Soon after, James Dondero joined Protective Life Insurance, working with the company’s Guaranteed Investment Certificate division, where he helped the company grow $2 billion in revenue.
According to CrunchBase, a leading platform for discovering innovative companies and the people behind them, James Dondero’s experience in the financial industry spans over 30 years; in fact, he has a wealth of experience in high-yield bonds, leveraged bank accounts, preferred stocks, and a number of other areas.
In addition to his excellent business acumen, James Dondero is also a philanthropist; he reportedly donated (in collaboration with Highland Capital) $1 million to the Dallas Zoo, which the zoo used to build an enclosure for their hippos. Dondero also donated money to the Freedom Charity, Perot Museum of Natural Science, and other several other organizations.
With a combination of business skills, and an innate desire to help others, it’s easy to see why James Dondero has been lauded for both his business achievements and his humanitarian efforts. Although his role with Highland Capital occupies the majority of his time, James Dondero is also Chairman of the Board, and CEO of HCM Acquisition Company and routinely seeks out organizations that might benefit from his philanthropic generosity. So, expect to hear more about James Dondero in the future.