James Dondero is the man behind success of Highland Capital Management, a sec-registered investment adviser in Dallas, Texas. Together with its affiliates, the company manages assets worth more than $14.9 billion. Also known as Jim, James Dondero is the co-founder and the president of the investment adviser. The firm deals with various types of assets, which include separate accounts, hedge funds, CLOs, mutual funds, distressed and special types of equity, among others. The firm also enjoys a long history in the management of health sector assets, where it manages assets worth more than $2.3 billion. These areas of health funds are in the form of mutual funds and institutional funds.
Mr. Dondero’s Career Path
James Dondero career began in 1984 when he enrolled as an analyst in Morgan Guaranty Training program. This was after his graduation from Virginia’sMcIntyreSchool of commerce. He also has dual majors in accounting and finance. Jim is also a certified management accountant and a certified financial analyst. James would later join American Express in 1985 where he served as Corporate Bond Analyst. James Dondero also served as a portfolio manager in the company where he was entrusted $1 billion fixed income funds. He later left the company in 1989.
Jim also served as the chief investment officer of Protective Life’s GIV, which was launched in 1989. Under his leadership, the subsidiary grew to $2 billion. After leaving the affiliate, he co-founded Highland Capital Management where under his leadership the company has made milestones in the industry. Funds associated with his firm have received various awards and accolades. In 2014, his funds was recognized three times: the Morningstar’s 5-star Designation for Global Allocation, the Floating Rate Opportunities, and Morning Star #1 Healthcare Products. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
Besides Highland Capital Management
Besides his current position at Highland, Jim also serves as a board member of the governing council for MGM studios and American Banknote. He also chairs NexBank and CCS Medical Corporation board of directors. Dondero also has a passion for charity activities where he has donated millions of dollars to Dallas-based charities and non-profit organizations. Improving education in Dallas has also been one of the key areas he focuses on, and this has seen him enter into some partnerships designed to improve the education sector.