James Dondero is one of the fastest growing American personalities in the investment world, being currently the President of Highland Capital Management, a company he co-founded with Mark Okada, the Chief Investment Officer of the team. For the past 24 years, since its inauguration, Highland Capital Management has been spreading its roots around the globe, with headquarters in the biggest metropolitan centers in influential countries across the continents.
The group, led by James and his partners, is the largest alternative credit provider in the U.S. and was one of the first companies to incorporate the CLO, a way of implementing a better securitization of payments from multiple businesses requesting loans.
Currently residing in Dallas, Texas, James Dondero has already received numerous awards that illustrate his real leadership and decision making for the companies he has worked. These awards include the Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation, he Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and Morningstar’s #1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund, all in the year of 2014 when he was already the President of the organization.
The businessman graduated at the University of Virginia in Bachelor of Science and Commerce & Finances. From his graduation, he already passed through dozens of companies, corporations, investment offices, with multiple partnerships, including his presence at the Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary, where he made the group grow from a small startup to a billionaire influence in the market. He was Chief Investment Officer of the subsidiary.
- Dondero is one of the directors of both MGM Studios and American Banknote, as well as Chairman of the Board for NexBank, where he was also the President and Co-founder.
James Dondero has not only helped the Dallas’ economy and influence but is also an activist in many philanthropical and charitable initiatives, according to his website. His donations to non-profitable causes vary from political actions to preserving the cultural aspects of the country.
Among the best examples, he donated $1 million to the Dallas Zoo to assist in the return of the hippos to the zoo. James Dondero also is a supporter of the Education Is Freedom organization, the SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program and has donated to the Perot Museum of Science.