Highly Successful Financial Industry Career
James Dondero has had a highly successful career in the financial industry. Currently, he serves as the President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management. The company is known for offering award-winning products for their investors. Without a doubt, the company’s track record is directly related to his career progression. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
Worked For Morgan Guaranty As Trainee Analyst Upon Graduation
Upon graduating from the University of Virginia, James Dondero went to work for Morgan Guaranty as a trainee analyst. He then proceeded to become a corporate bond analyst at American Express, until he was promoted to a role as a portfolio manager of $1 Billion in assets. This lead to him becoming the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life. Following his position as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life, James Dondero then founded Highland Capital Management in 1993.
Known For Philanthropic Works
James Dondero is also known for being a great philanthropist. His passion is for improving the standard of living for people in Dallas. This includes making substantial donations to the Hippo habitat of the Dallas Zoo, of $1 Million. The zoo renamed the hippo habitat viewing area to the Highland Capital Lodge in honor of the donation. He also was instrumental in hiring Linda Owen of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation to lead a local nonprofit which he contributed to significantly. Linda’s hiring has led to additional charitable commitments in the Dallas area to assist other organizations. Highland Capital Management also hosted a mother’s day event to raise additional funds for members of the family place, among other charitable commitments. Follow James on Linkedin.
Qualified as Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst
He majored in Accounting and Finance at the University of Virginia and was able to obtain qualifications in being a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. At the University of Virginia, he graduated with academic honors of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.