Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is an astute businessman who has acquired vast experience in the world of business for a while now. Highland Capital Management is an alternative investment management company that deals with various investments from hedge funds to distressed investment funds and many others.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, United States of America, Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 by Mark Okada alongside James Dondero.Focusing mainly on leveraged buyouts and growth capital, the firm also has offices in London, New York, and Singapore.
James Dondero’s journey began way back while he was attending the University of Virginia. He studied Commerce and majored in accounting and Finance.Upon graduation, James Dondero worked in various fields still involving business. His experience includes dealing with emerging market debt, leveraged bank loans, investment grade corporates and much more. As he was inclined with such matters, he was at the same time gaining experience and receiving training from JP Morgan.
It was after he completed his training that he joined American express. Between 1985 and 1989, James Dondero made a significant impact on the performance of American Express. James Dondero was responsible for close to $1 billion in fixed income funds at the firm. James Dondero did not just stop there; he went on to join GIC’s Protective Life Subsidiary as the Chief Investment Officer. It was between 1989 and 1993, while at the company that he was able to grow the firm to a business worth over $2 billion.
It is no doubt that James Dondero is a guru in the world of credit markets and business in general. Due to his impressive track record and performance in every firm and industry he worked on, James Dondero has been able to clinch numerous top positions in various firms. Currently, James Dondero is on the board of directors of several companies like American Bank Note, MGM Studios, NexBank and many others. To add on to that, in 2015, James was appointed as a board member for NexPoint Residential Trust, Incorporation. Moreover, James Dondero is a certified accountant and financial analyst.