James Dondero, an Avid Entrepreneur with a Giving Heart

James Dondero is an American serial entrepreneurial, a financial analyst and a dedicated philanthropist. He has a long, illustrious career in the equity and credit market.

Highlands’s capital

James Dondero is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, a SEC-registered investment adviser company. Based in Dallas, Texas, Highlands Capital is a leading global credit manager. Together with its associates, Highlands controls $18 billion of assets.

Founded in 1993, Highlands Capitals offers various set of assets including separate accounts, hedge funds, distressed and extraordinary private equity. Also, it specializes in alternative investments like long and short equities and emerging markets. Under James Dondero, Highland Capital became the pioneers in providing credit-oriented solutions as well as collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs).


James Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with Bachelors of Science; Commerce (Accounting and Finance). Dondero is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Managerial Accountant.

He began his career at JP Morgan training program as an analyst in 1984. Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer at GIC Company, a subsidiary of Protective Life from 1989 until 1993. Also, he worked as the corporate bond analyst before rising to manager in the portfolio at American Express.

James Dondero serves at NexPoint Residential Trust as the chairman and the president. Also, he is the chairman of CCS Medical, NexBank Capital, and Cornerstone Healthcare
Group Holdings. James is a board member of Jernigan Capital and MGM Holdings. Furthermore, he serves on the executive board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.


James Dondero is a devoted Philanthropist. He has donated millions of dollars for good course in his hometown of Dallas. He gave $1 million to complete The Family Place and another $1 million to the building of the Highland Hippo Hut. The Dallas Zoo utilizes the project for private events and special education displays. Since 2006, Dondero has supported Snowball Express which provides hope and happiness for fallen military children.

In education, Dondero has donated $2 million Southern Methodist University to assist an outstanding undergraduate student. He supports George Bush Presidential Library initiative, the Perot Museum of Natural Science and Uplift Mission for creating and sustaining public schools.

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