James Dondero is an investment expert based in Dallas, Texas. With more than 30 years of experience, he specializes in credit and equity markets, fixated on distressed investing, high return investments, and alternative investments. In 1993, he co-established Highland Capital Management with Mark Okada and is the current President.Highland Capital Management is registered with the SEC to take part in investment and asset management. The firm currently has under its management assets valued at over $16 billion, making it one of the largest alternative credit proprietors in the world. Highland Capital has a broad client base including high-net-worth individuals, financial organizations, governments, and large corporations. It offers services such as credit strategies, hedge funds, private equity and collateralized loans.
James Dondero holds an undergraduate degree with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He began his career in the training program of Morgan Guaranty as an analyst in 1983. He then went on to serve at American Express as a Portfolio Manager and Corporate Bond Analyst before moving on to work at Protective Life as Chief Investment Officer.He is an active philanthropist and supports causes touching on education, public policy, and veteran’s rights. Owing to this, he was named as a member of the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. The Executive Board assists with the creation and implementation of development strategies in the Cox School of Business.
This is in addition to his and Highland Capital’s commitment to supporting projects in the school such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the Tower Scholars Program. James Dondero accepts the partnership with the SMU’s Cox School of Business because of the best committed professionals it produces who make an enormous impact on the Dallas business community, as well as Highland Capital itself.James Dondero is also a member of the boards of MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital. He also serves as the Chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, and Nex-Point Residential Trust.He is also allowed to use the credential of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).