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James Dondero Bio

James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets and is the current president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Under his direction, Highland Capital Management offers numerous award-winning products and solutions for institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management has approximately $13.8 billion in assets under management and includes the following affiliates: Acis Capital Management (CLOs), NexPoint Advisors (closed end fund, NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund), NexPoint Capital (healthcare BDC) and NexPoint Residential Trust (REIT). Highland recently received Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities in 2014, and Morningstar’s top ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund in 2014.

James Dondero’s career as an analyst began in 1984 when he was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program. That same year he graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He earned dual majors in Accounting and Finance with highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi). Dondero also holds certifications as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Dondero joined American Express in 1985 as a Corporate Bond Analysis. He later became a Portfolio Manager for approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds before leaving American Express in 1989.

Before founding Highland, Dondero was the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. The subsidiary was founded in 1989 and grew to $2 billion under Dondero’s leadership.

Mr. Dondero is Chairman of the board of NexBank, NexPoint, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He is also on the board of MGM Studios. James, known to friends and family as Jim, also supports numerous charitable activities, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.