James Dondero who resides in Dallas, Texas, is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He is known as one of the best and most successful alternative investment managers. His career began in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors from the McIntire School of Commerce. Having graduated with dual majors in Accounting and Finance, James Dondero was proven to be a hard worker. Additionally, he is a Certified Management Accountant and has also earned the rights to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. James was on the hunt for a partner to help manage their budget that had grown over $3 million.
The two companies joined together and created plans for a charitable giving framework that would be both bold and effective. Together they created the Highland Dallas Foundation Inc., which is a supporting organization of the Dallas Foundation. Soon after, James helped hire Linda Owen, a former President of the Woodall Rodgers Foundation. Linda’s guidance helped to create an even greater impact in North Texas communities.
He worked together with The Dallas Foundation and expanded his philanthropic engagement to civic organizations that included the Dallas Zoo and the Perot Museum.Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets. His main priorities are focused on high-yield and distressed investing. To add to his large list of accomplishments and charitable work, he is also Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, Nexbank and board member of American Banknote.