James Dondero is a highly successful businessman and is the co-founder of the Highland Capital Management firm. Before embarking on what is fast becoming a historic career in the financial industry, Dondero prepared himself for the task by attending the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. While at UV, Dondero earned a bachelor’s degree in the dual majors of accounting and finance. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.
Dondero began his career in the industry in 1984 by taking part in a work program with JP Morgan. This opportunity led to him landing a position a year later with American Express where Dondero worked until 1989. Following his time with American Express, James Dondero took a position with Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary which at the time was still in its conceptual stage. While there, Dondero worked as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and in his four years with the company helped to grow it into a $2 billion enterprise.
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James Dondero decided in 1993 that the time was right to start his own investment firm and Highland Capital Management LP was born. He is the acting president of the firm that is now counted amongst the top alternative global credit managers known to the world.
Both James Dondero and Highland Capital Management call Dallas, Texas their home and giving back to his community is just as important as success as a businessman for Dondero. One issue in particular that caught the attention of Dondero took place with the Dallas Zoo.
The Dallas Zoo shut down its hippo habitat in 2001 following the death of Papa, the elderly hippo that was a favorite of zoo revelers in the city. James Dondero aided the effort to build the new Simmons Hippo Outpost by donating one million of the $14 million dollars needed to construct the outpost. The zoo constructed the 5,000 square foot Highland Capital Lodge within the outpost to show appreciation to Dondero and Highland Capital for the gift and the lodge can be used by fans of the hippo habitat to gain a better view of the hippos.
James Dondero explains that he and Highland Capital is focused on supporting companies that seek to advance Dallas into the future. He says he is proud to take part in bringing educational opportunities to the area and thinks its great that Dallas residents can see hippos without being required to travel to Africa. Visit highlandfunds.com to know more about James Dondero.