James Dondero, Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management

Background of James Dondero

James Dondero is the Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He lives in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Dondero has over three decades of experience in the credit and equity markets. In fact, he is one of the pioneers of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). Before the formation of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero served as the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. Under his leadership, Highland Capital Management provides award-winning financial solutions for institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management specializes in developing credit strategies such as credit hedge funds, distressed and special situations private equity, and collateralized loan obligations. It also offers alternative investments such as emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources. The firm’s headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas. It also runs several offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.

In 1984, Mr. Dondero was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program, marking the beginning of his career as a financial analyst. A year later, James Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with honors in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Dondero is a duly Certified Management Accountant. Recently, he was certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst. In 1985, Dondero joined American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst before making his way up to the position of the Portfolio Manager. Above all, Mr. Dondero serves on the Board of Directors of MGM Studios and American Banknote. Besides, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, and CCS Medical Corporation.

Besides Business, James Dondero supports many charitable organizations such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education, and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program. On November 2, 2016, Mr. Dondero extended his commitment to the Southern Methodist University after being appointed to the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business. On June 8, 2016, James Dondero joined forces with Linda Owen, civic leader and former President of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation to provide excellent leadership and expand the firm’s charitable giving program.