James Dondero is the current President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management. His 30 years of experience in credit and equity markets primarily focused on high yield and distressed investing. The company which began in 1993 revolutionized the Collateralized Loan Obligation market and credit oriented solutions for investors worldwide. Highland Capital Management has attained $19 billion in assets under management and collaborates with affiliates such as Acis Capital Management, Nexpoint Advisors and Nexpoint Residential Trust
Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) as well as a dual major graduate from the McIntire School of Commerce in Accounting and Finance. He received certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management and Chartered Financial Analyst . Mr. Dondero began as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty program in 1984.
Before his current position Mr. James Dondero was a Corporate Bond Analyst and Portfolio Manager for American Express from 1985 through 1989 growing $1 billion in fixed income funds. From 1989 through 1993 serving as Chief Investment Officer he helped create the GIC subsidiary of Protective life accounting for over $2 billion dollars. Mr. Dondero is The Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Newbank. And also serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios
Mr. Dondero is synonymous with philanthropic endeavors. He supports numerous charitable organizations such as Education is Freedom, Uplift Education, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Snowball Express, SMU’s Towers Scholars Program as well as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute.