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James Dondero

Highland Capital Management
Co-founder & President | Dallas, TX

JAMES DONDEROJames Dondero is co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management.

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.

News about James Dondero:

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
August 23, 2017 in News

Dallas Business Journal | One of Dallas’ biggest hedge funds wades into real estate development

One of Dallas’ largest hedge funds Highland Capital Management is getting into real estate development. The firm has begun a project for a luxury apartment complex in Phoenix, Ariz. and is filling…
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April 24, 2017 in News

Dallas Zoo | Hippos, hippos, hooray! Dallas Zoo opens new $14 million exhibit

It’s finally ready! Our $14 million, 2.1-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost, an immersive African waterhole habitat that includes an underwater viewing area, will open on Friday, April 28. An official ribbon-cutting at…
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March 25, 2017 in News

Barron’s | Making Bold Bets on Alternative Investments—and Winning

Barron’s profiled Highland Co-founder and President Jim Dondero and the Highland Global Allocation Fund for its monthly alternatives feature. Read full story HERE
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February 29, 2016 in News

What to look for in February PMI data

By Mark Okada | February 29, 2016 With the volume and speed with which information is exchanged, it has become increasingly challenging to sort through the data available and determine what…
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