As the co-founder and the President of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is no doubt an experienced veteran in the field. The company, which was founded in 1993, is a collateralized loan obligation manager in the US. Dondero is also known as the CEO of HCM Acquisition company and the President of NexBank. As an executive officer, Dondero’s experience of over 30 years in the field serves as one of his great assets on the industry. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
Before founding Highland Capital Management, James Dondero was a chief investment officer at Protective Life GIC. In addition, he was the manager of fixed income funds from American Express. He also completed the financial training program which was offered at J Morgan at that time. Dondero got his degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Although James Dondero got a lot of responsibility in his hands, he always makes sure that he has the time to give back to the community by doing philanthropic deeds. Dondero specifically helps the people in the Dallas community. As a philanthropist, Dondero makes sure that the projects he will partake will benefit the community and its people or generations to come.
One of James Dondero’s philanthropic deeds is donating $1 million as help in rebuilding the hippo habitat in the Dallas Zoo. In 2001, the said habitat was closed when because of the death of an elderly hippo. With Dondero’s donation, as well as the donation from another philanthropist, the hippo habitat was successfully rebuilt for a total of $13 million. Because of this donation, the Dallas Zoo named a zoo after Highland Capital Management.
James Dondero makes sure that victims of domestic violence can have a place that they call their home. Because of this vision, he supports an institution called the Family Place. Other additional institutions that receive help from Dondero includes The Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of nature, and Symphony. He helps these organizations by via Highland Capital Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of his company. He also donated to the Bush Center to help the institution facilitate free Engage Series lectures for the community. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.