James Dondero is a co-founder and the current president of Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero has well over thirty years’ experience in the credit and equities market. He has used this world of experience to steer his firm in the development of award winning products and solutions for companies and individual investors. Under his exemplary leadership, the company has grown to amass assets worth 14.9 billion dollars. These include Nexpoint Capital, NexPoint Advisors, Nexpoint Residential Trust and Acis Capital Management. The company and its subsidiaries were the recipients of three awards in the year 2014. The first was a 5 Star rating by the MorningStar for Global Allocation, the top rank for Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund by the same institution and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities. All these awards point to the success that the company has achieved in its short span and is evidence of the effectiveness of James Dondero’s leadership and management skills at the helm of Highland Capital Management.
Mr. Dondero’s career in the credit and equities market dates back to the year 1984 when he joined the prestigious Morgan Guaranty Training Program. He had graduated in the same year from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. During his time and upon the completion of his education from the University, James Dondero had attained two majors in Accounting and Finance, graduating with the highest honors of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi respectively. He has also sought and gained certifications that would allow him to practice in both those fields. He is a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst respectively. Mr. Dondero went on to join the American Express as a Corporate Bond Analysis in 1985. He would attain immense success, having risen to manage a 1 billion dollar portfolio in fixed income before he left four years later in 1989.
Before founding his own company, Highland Capital Management, James Dondero served as the Chief Investment Officer for GIV, a subsidiary of Protective Life. Under his leadership, the company grew to become worth 2 billion dollars, despite having been newly founded in 1989. He also sits on several boards for different organizations.
John Dondero is known as a sociable person to his close acquaintances and is also involved in numerous charitable activities.