James Dondero, the co-founder, and president of Highland Capital Management is one of the most renowned and revered alternative investment manager and hedge fund manager. His insights and investments on distressed investment funds alongside structured investment and hedge funds have made his company a billion dollar enterprise.
Based in Dallas, Texas, Highland Capital Management was founded in the year of 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. Under his leadership, Highland Capital has made significant profit and progress in the fronts of high yield and distressed investing.
Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) has been one of the most critical areas where the company made its mark as a pioneer. Dondero’s experience as a Chief Investment Officer between the years 1989 and 1993 and his experience as a portfolio manager and corporate bond analyst at American Express has greatly aided him in taking bold steps in the risky waters of CLO.
Apart from his own organization, many others have greatly benefitted from his sharp and analytical mind. James Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia wherein he double majored in accounting and finance from the McIntire School of Commerce.
James Dondero’s initial days in the industry were as an analyst in the JP Morgan training program. After working for JP Morgan during the year of 1984, he then moved on to American Express where he worked extensively in the corporate bonds and then advanced as a portfolio manager. After working through the years 1985 to 1989 in American Express, he joined the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life as a Chief Investment Officer. With his skills and caliber, he managed to take Protective life to new heights. By the year of 1993, the company was close to netting 2 Billion Dollars in its revenue. He also serves as a business executive board member in a reputed university.
Apart from his massive money-making ventures, Mr. Dondero and his company are also heavily invested in philanthropy. They have been actively participating in philanthropic activities. One of the most striking examples of their company’s deeds of philanthropy is the recent 10 million dollar endowment gift to the Bush Center.
The Bush Center, known for its spectacular series like Engage which has been an integral part of the organization time and time proves the capacity of the Bush Center. His company’s recent 10 million dollar gift was also primarily aimed at sponsoring the Engage series. As a matter of fact, the company’s lecture will also be held for the Bush Center’s Engage series as well.
Dondero has been thoroughly impressed by the activities of the Bush Center and he feels that these activities and events can exert a lot of positive influence. Ever since 2012, his company has been continuously extending its support to the Bush Center. Engage series’ first sponsored event by Dondero’s company will be held on 5th February. It is said that Dondero and his company are deeply committed to working together with the Bush Centre and creating more impact through their partnership.