James Dondero has over three decades of experience in the equity and credit markets. He is currently the President of Highland Capital Management which he co-found and it is based in Dallas, Texas. Under his captainship, Highland Capital has succeeded in giving award winning products for both retail as well institutional investors. Today, the company watches over nearly $15 billion in assets along with some their affiliates.
These include Acis Capital Mangement, Nexpoint Advisors, Nexpoint Capital, and Nexpoint Residential Trust. Some of the awards received by Highland include Morningstars 5-Star title for global allocation, the Lipper Award in recognition of Floating Rate Opportunities, as well as Morning Stars Healthcare Long and Short Equity Fund. Last year, the Dallas Business Journal named Highland Capital one of the best places to work at, for companies in 50 to 250 employee size range.
James graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Finance and Accounting with top honors. He also holds two certifications, one in Chartered Financial Analyst and the other in Certified Management Accountant. He first cut his teeth in 1984 when he was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program. The following year he joined American Express as a corporate bond analyzer.
While working there he reached the level of Portfolio Manager and oversaw nearly a $1billion in fixed income funds. After leaving American Express in 1989, he worked as Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life. Under his leadership, he took the company to nearly $2billion in assets.
James’s life is not only about investment and numbers. He is quite active on the charitable side of things as well. Among the charities he has been involved in are Perot Museum of Natural Science, Geroge W. Bush Presidential Library, Snowball Express, Education is Freedom and SMU’s Tower Scholar Program. Highland has also donated generously to the Dallas Zoo. Another charity James is passionate about is “Capital for Kids” which is a network of professionals who volunteer in educational programs for children from low-income families.