James Dondero: Successful Capital Markets Manager Dedicated To Better Educational Opportunities in Dallas-Fort Worth
He has worked over 30 years in the equity and credit markets. Under Dondero’s leadership, Highland Capital Management has offered many award-winning solutions and products for both retail and institutional investors. Highland Capital Management manages approximately $14.9 billion in assets.
The company received the 2014 Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation and the 2014 Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities. Its 2014 Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund was rated among the highest in its class by Morningstar.
James Dondero’s career began in 1984 as an analyst, the same time he gained acceptance into the training program of JP Morgan Guaranty. Around that same time, Dondero earned his degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. His dual major was in accounting and finance, while holding a membership in the high honor fraternities of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. Dondero also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations.
In 1985 he began working as a corporate bond analyst for American Express. Later he was promoted to the job of portfolio manager, to manage approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds. He left American Express in 1989.
Before he founded Highland, Dondero held the position of Chief Investment Officer in the GIV subsidiary of Protective Life. Established in 1989, this subsidiary increased to $2 billion after it came under the management of Dondero. His management experience of portfolios includes leveraged bank loans, preferred and common stocks, derivatives, investment grade corporates, mortgage-backed securities, high-yield bonds, and emerging market debt.
Mr. Dondero serves as Chairman of the board of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, MGM Studios, American Banknote, and NexPoint. James also supports several charitable causes, including the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Snowball Express, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Education is Freedom, and Uplift Education