James Dondero: Highland Capital Management’s CEO Making an Indelible Mark in Business and Philanthropy

James Dondero’s reputation as a top entrepreneur remains unmatched. As the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero has proven to be a force to reckon with courtesy of his three decades’ worth of experience. Under his insightful leadership, Highland Capital Management has grown in leaps and bounds to become an award winning enterprise specializing in the provision of in-demand products and solutions for retail investors and institutions. More importantly, James Dondero is credited with developing Highland Capital Management into a multinational corporation with $14.9 billion in assets at its disposal. As a testament to its excellence, the company diversifies service delivery through the following affiliates: NexPoint Capital (specializing in healthcare), NexPoint residential trust (REIT) and Acis Capital Management (CLOs).

Highland Capital Management is proud to have achieved numerous accolades under the leadership of Mr. Dondero. Under his management, the company has become the prime beneficiary of several awards such as the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities (2014), Morning Star’s Long/Short Equity Fund and Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014 to name a few.

Apart from practicing business with proficiency, James Dondero also takes ample time to tend to various philanthropic duties aimed at uplifting the education and living standards of the community. For starters, Mr. Dondero pledged a $1 million grant from Highland Capital to top up the Family Place’s $16.5 million capital investment. Education wise, he also donated $ 1 million to develop a 4,485 square-foot Highland “hut” aimed at promoting educational exhibitions and private ceremonies at the Dallas Zoo.

The Establishment of Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program

Highland Capital’s $2 million contribution to the Southern Methodist University equips brilliant undergraduate students with exposure to abroad studying opportunities, meaningful senior internships, access to influential global leaders and exposure to public policymaking.

James Dondero’s Profile

Prior to holding the executive position at Highland Capital, James Dondero initially began his career as an analyst before scaling the corporate ladder and serving as a corporate bond analyst and a Portfolio Manager for American Express in 1989.

Dondero is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Additionally, he also holds certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Management Accountant.