Hedge fund guru James Dondero brings over 30 years of experience to the credit and equity markets. He is the current founder and CEO of Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, a corporation he started in 1992.
Under Dondero’s guidance, Highland Capital Management offers a full array of award-winning products investors. The company has nearly $15 billion in assets and partners with the following affiliates Nexpoint Advisors, Nexpoint Credit Strategies Fund and Nexpoint Residential Trust. Highland has received numerous awards including Morningstar’s 5 star Global Allocation Award, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities and the 2014 Morningstar Award for Healthcare Equity Funds.
Dondero began his career after graduating from the University of Virginia’s McIntyre’s School of Commerce in 1984. He was accepted in Morgan Guaranty’s intern training program. He went on to receive an MBA in accounting and finance. Dondero is also a certified management accountant.
After his stint with Morgan Guaranty, Dondero went on to work for American Express, where he became a highly-successful portfolio manager. He also worked for Protective Life GIC as Chief Investment Officer. Dondero has also served on the board of Nexbank, Cornerstone Healthcare and MGM Studios.
Dondero’s charities have given millions of dollars to local charities and non-profits. He is committed to helping citizens in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area reach their educational goals. Some of the most notable charities he gives to include Perot Museum of Natural Science, Snowball Express, Education is Freedom, SMU Highland Capital Management Towers Scholar Program and the Dallas Zoo.