James Dondero – Current CEO and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management

James Dondero is the President and joint founder of Highland Capital Management (HCM). He is currently living in Dallas, Texas. HCM was started in 1993 and began its operations focusing on providing credit-oriented strategies, such as separate accounts and long-only funds, Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), and credit hedge funds. Moreover, Highland Capital Management also provides firms with alternative investment strategies, including long/short equities, emerging markets, and natural resources. The firm’s expanded client base includes corporations, endowments, public pension plans, foundations, fund of funds, financial institutions, high net-worth individuals, and governments. Mr. Dondero’s knowledge in credit and equity markets spans three decades, and he specializes largely on overseeing HCM’s credit investment operations and strategies for both retail and organizational products at Highland.

James Dondero serves as the Chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank. He is also a board member of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc and American Banknote. In 1984, Mr. Dondero started his profession as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He graduated with highest honors with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia. As a Certified Management Accountant, James Dondero became worthy of using the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Moreover, Dondero is also an active philanthropist. He has supported initiatives in public policy, veteran’s affairs, and education. For decades, Mr. Dondero’s undying commitment and indisputable acts of charity have seen the establishment and transformation of many general public facilities, including most of Dallas’ major attraction sites, and educational institutions. James Dondero’s latest act of charity is the construction of a most up-to-date hippo outpost located at the Dallas Zoo. He donated one million dollars to help in the reestablishment of the Dallas Zoo hippo outpost. This outpost was deserted in 2001 when the well-known hippo in the zoo named Papa died. Moreover, the donation was also used to establish the 5000 square foot “Highland Capital Lodge” area in the Dallas Zoo hippo outpost. This construction provides hippo lovers with an impressive view of the hippopotamus and their habitat.

Dondero has also donated to public institutions like the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, the Snowball Express, Uplift Education, the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the Education is Freedom Charity, and the SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.

This establishment has left many people who love hippos overwhelmed with pleasure and yearning to see the hippopotamus for the first time in a decade and a half. Residents in Dallas can now appreciate the beauty of hippos without being required to take a trip to Africa.