Highland Capital Management co-founder James Dondero has held his own in the hedge funding game for over 30 years. His Dallas-based company has not only grown internationally into one of the most formidable hedge financial gurus, he is also one of the most philanthropic CEOs in the U.S.
Dondero started Highland Capital Management in 1993. The company offers a variety of award-winning financial products for private high-wealth citizens and corporations. Today, the company has nearly $13.5 billion in assets. The company has a number of affiliates include NexPoint Advisors and NexPoint Capital.
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Dondero began his career with Morgan Guaranty in 1984 after graduating with a finance and accounting degree from the University of Virginia. He moved on to American Express in 1985 as an accounting representative. In 1989, he left American express to work for GIS subsidiary Protective Life. While there, he transformed the company into a $2 million business.
Although he spends most of his time working financial matters, Dondero also gets involved with local philanthropic efforts. After an elderly hippo died, the Dallas Zoo closed in 2001. Dondero used his own money reopen the hippo habitat. This effort has helped Dallas residents and visitors learn more about hippos in their natural habitat.
Dondero and his company has donated to the Perot Museum of Natural Science and the George H.W. Bush Museum. Dondero never had it in his mind to simply create a company simply to make money. It was always his goal to become a philanthropist. James Dondero recently hired former Woodall Rogers Park CEO Linda to become the face of the Dalls Foundation. Her expertise at the Dallas Foundation helps bridge the gap between Dondero and North Texas non profit organizations.
Mr. Dondero also serves on the board of directors of AMC Theaters, American Banknote and MGM Studios. His company has received numerous awards for excellence from Morningstar and Lipper.
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