James Dondero is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, hedge fund investor, and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. He is a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst with immense experience in credit and equity markets. Dondero is also a board member for various companies such as NexBank, MGM Studios, and Nexpoint Residential Trust. He is considered to be one of the first users of the collateralized loan obligation (CLO). Dondero’s zeal, passion, and understanding of financial matters help him to engage in both business and philanthropy. James Dondero and Mark Okada started Highland Capital Management in 1993 that has its headquarters in Dallas, TX.
The firm is an investment management company that deals with hedge funds and structured investment. It invests in hedging markets, global public equity, and fixed income. Highland has a diversified client base that includes corporations, foundations, financial institutions, and pension funds. In 2014, Highland managed around $18.7 billion of assets. Highland offers numerous products and solutions to institutional and retail investors. It helps investors find assets that are profitable for investment. As the president of Highland, Dondero has seen the company grow to become among the largest and most experienced alternative credit managers in the world.
James Dondero employs his entrepreneurial mindset to position Highland uniquely to differentiate it from competitors. He is always looking for opportunities to serve investors. James Dondero is not only concerned about the economic aspect of his company but also the philanthropic one. He is one of Dallas’ most recognized philanthropists who applies his business acumen to philanthropic work and engages in charity work generously. Dondero supports initiatives in education, public policy, and veterans affairs in the Dallas community. He purposes to make a tangible impact on the community and work to enhance its well-being. Through the Highland Dallas Foundation, Dondero supports local charity organizations in their operations.