James Dondero in Business and Philanthropy

James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero studied at the University of Virginia where he enrolled for a BS in Commerce (Accounting and Finance). James Dondero also serves on many boards at several organizations. They include Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, NexBank Capital, the Cox School of Business (Southern Methodist University), CCS Medical, Jernigan Capital, and MGM Holdings. Before co-founding Highland in 1993, James Dondero worked at several firms such as GIC (a subsidiary of Protective Life) and American Express.

About Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management is registered as an investment advisor by the SEC. The firm offers alternative credit management services globally with a specialty in credit strategies. Highland offers services in credit hedge funds management, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), distressed private equity, special situations private equity, long-only funds and separate accounts. Under James Dondero’s leadership, Highland has stamped its authority in the credit-oriented solutions sector for both retailers and institutions. So far, the firm’s client base is made up of individuals with a high net worth, foundations, financial institutions, public pension plans, corporations, governments, endowments, and fund of funds.


James Dondero is not only known for his interest in entrepreneurship and investments; he is also celebrated as a hero in philanthropy. Through the Highland Dallas Foundation, he supports several charity causes in the Dallas area. His vision in philanthropy is to create a better future for the residents of Dallas, Texas. Using donations of close to three million dollars annually, he supports educational needs, a shelter for men recovering from domestic violence, veterans, and civic organizations. His philanthropy work is not limited to helping human beings only. When the Dallas Zoo closed down its hippo habitat after the death of the last hippo at the zoo, he contributed one million dollars to support the construction of another hippo sanctuary by The Simmons Hippo Outpost to restore the hippo population in Dallas. Many therefore hail him as a hero, but to him, it is what he needs to do to make Dallas a better city for all residents.

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