James Dondero is the president and co-founder of the Dallas hedge fund, Highland Capital Management. HCM has progressed into one of largest and most proficient global alternative asset managers in the industry. It focuses on the healthcare sector, managing an estimated $2.3 billion in mutual and institutional funds in healthcare assets. The firm, which is located in Dallas, Texas was founded in 1993 by Mr. Dondero and Mark Okada. Highland Capital Management manages hedge and structured investment and distressed funds. The investments that the company participates in includes global public equity, hedging markets and fixed income investments. The firm primarily focuses on structured products, leveraged loans, and high yield bonds. Highland Capital Management is also recognized in the United States as being the largest managing firm of collateral loan obligations. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
James Dondero is accredited as a Certified Management Accountant and a Charted Financial Analyst. Mr. Dondero currently serves on the board of directors for MGM Studios, American Banknote Corporation, NexPoint Residential Trust, NexBank, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare. He received a BS degree in Commerce in the field of Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia and has over 30 years of expertise in the field of credit and equity markets. In 1984, James started his career as an analyst in the JP Morgan training program. He later went on to work as a corporate bond analyst and later a portfolio manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero served as Chief Investment officer for the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, and is credited with growing the company to over $2 billion from the years 1989 to 1993. Follow James on Linkedin.
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As a devoted philanthropist, James Dondero is an active supporter of education, veterans affairs, and public policy initiatives. In early 2018, his company, Highland Capital Management, supplied the George W. Bush Presidental Center with a $10 million contribution that provides aid to several public programs.