James Dondero, Highland Capital Management
Co-Founder, President, Dallas, TX


James Dondero is Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management (HCM).
Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, focused largely on high-yield and distressed investing. Since inception in 1993, Highland Capital has been a pioneer in the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and in developing credit oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors world-wide. Award winning product offerings include institutional separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, and ETFs.

Prior to Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero, as Chief Investment Officer, helped create the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life from inception to over $2B between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Dondero was a Corporate Bond Analyst and then Portfolio Manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero began his career as an analyst in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty training program.

Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance and has received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. Dondero is Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical; and also serves as a board member of  MGM Studios.

Recent news about James Dondero:

John “Tig” Tiegen Speaks at Highland Capital Management Warrior and First Responder Reunion
Bush Center starts off 2018 with pair of $10 million gifts from Highland Capital, Boeing
The Family Place Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant
Google Fiannce – Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Making Bold Bets on Alternative Investments—and Winning
Hippos, hippos, hooray! Dallas Zoo opens new $14 million exhibit
Bloomberg – James David Dondero CFA, CPA
James Dondero Appoints a New President of Institutional Products for Highland Capital Management
Insider Monkey’s recent news featuring James Dondero
NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. Appoints Arthur Laffer and James Dondero to Board of Directors
Inaugural Highland Capital Lecture at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Explores Disruptive Technologies’ Effect on the Global Economy

Mr. Dondero’s support for our organization has enabled us to expand the number of cases we can consider and establish a foundation to grow our operation.Polly Weidenkopf, Executive Director of Reserve Aid

Highland’s NXRT Team at NYSE Closing Bell Ceremony