James Dondero is a busy man. He is working in the credit markets all the time. He has earned his Bachelor in Science degrees from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He earned these degrees in Accounting and Finance.
In 1984 he joined JP Morgan for a financial training program. He moved on to American Express. He was here from 1985 to 1989. He was managing $1 billion over here in fixed income funds. He moved on in 1989 to become the Chief Investment Officer for a GIC Subsidiary of Protective Life. During his tenure, the firm turned into a 2 billion dollar enterprise.
James Dondero started his own investment firm in 1993. It was called “Highland Capital Management, L.P.” It is one of the largest global alternative credit managers globally. James Dondero is the President of this company. The firm offers collateralized loan obligations, besides credit hedge funds, and distressed along with special situations private equity as well as long-only funds.
He lives in Dallas, Texas. The company has offices in Seoul, and Singapore along with New York. He participates in various charitable ventures too. He wants to make the city pleasant for its residents. His philanthropic work includes the Dallas Zoo.
Once its hippo died in 2001, the hippo habitat closed down. But James Dondero ensured that the hippos are back. His company donated $1 million to the Simmons Hippo Outpost. The zoo could construct a “Highland Capital Lodge” that was 5000ft high. This allowed hippo-lovers to get a view of these creatures.
James Dondero always wanted his company to concentrate on those organizations which could take Dallas into the future. In this way, he has provided an educational experience to the public by making it possible to view hippos.
He is helping other organizations also. Highland Capital Management has donated for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, as well as the Perot Museum of Natural Science, besides the Snowball Express. James Dondero has also donated for the Education is Freedom Charity, and Uplift Education as well as the SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.