Highland Capital Powerhouse President, James Dondero (UPDATED for 2017)

UPDATE June 23, 2017

Hippos are back at the Dallas Zoo! All of this thanks to a generous contribution from James Dondero and Highland Capital Management. You can visit them in person at their new home, The Simmons Hippo Outpost, or read the full article below.

Something Worth Traveling For: James Dondero Assists in Bringing Hippos Back to the Dallas Zoo

UPDATE May 1, 2017

Barrons.com recently did a write up on Highland Capital Management’s James Dondero. This is a great way to get to know the Dallas native. For more information check out the link below.


UPDATE January 9, 2017

James Dondero was recently appointment to the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Board. James Dondero’s new board position expands Highland Capital’s already strong commitment to SMU.

The SMU Cox Executive Board consists of about 100 appointed members, most of whom are non-academics, who advise on the strategy of the business school. The Executive Board meets three times a year—in the fall, winter and spring.

UPDATE November 30, 2016

James Dondero is the newest appointee to the SMU’s Cox School of Business board of executives. Joining the board, James will only be expanding and solidifying his already strong and commitment to SMU that includes the support of the Highland Capital Tower Scholars endowment project.

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UPDATE October 21, 2016

In a recent article by PR Newswire, it tells of how cofounder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., James Dondero has a positive influence to those involved in the Dallas community. The article discusses Dondero’s challenge of matching 50 percent, up to 1 million, to all the funds raised in the capital campaign. This contribution shows the positive work of Dondero in his work as a philanthropist.

Dondero’s contribution, which goes to the Family Place in Dallas, an organization that supports victims of family violence, addresses his concern and generosity in helping develop a safe community in Dallas. The article further discusses how Dondero’s donation along with others in the community will help build a Counseling Center. By showing his support for the community and families in need, Dondero, as the article demonstrates, is an individual who is becoming more recognized for his positive influence.

UPDATE October 6, 2016

James Dondero (pictured below) and Highland Capital Management has put up a 1 million dollar challange grant to help The Family Place complete their new facility. James went on to say that “Highland Capital will pitch in 50 cents for every dollar given to the charity through April 4”.


Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/philanthropy/2016/10/05/journalist-civil-rights-attorney-alia-malek-get-years-50000-hiett-prize

UPDATE: September 30, 2016

NexPoint Residential Trust found a new investor in James Dondero. He purchased upwards of seven thousand additional shares of the stock. This is a great show of faith in NexPoint Residential Trust’s future. NexPoint Residential Trust is a  Real Estate Investment Trust centered in Dallas, TX.

UPDATE: September 14, 2016

James Dondero recently chose to partner with The Dallas Foundation due to their long experience working with other not-for-profit agencies in the North Texas community. Such a partnership was necessary for Highland Dallas Foundation to be able to enhance sustainability in other nongovernmental organizations that were focused on improving the status of their communities.

Source: http://www.dallasfoundation.org/ForDonors/DonorStories/JamesDondero/tabid/449/Default.aspx

UPDATE: August 25, 2016

James Dondero and Highland Capital Management has connected with Linda Owen to help the Dallas, TX area.Highland Capital Management contributes more than $3 million annually to charitable organizations to improve the lives of Dallas natives. For more on this click the link below.


A born leader known by many as simply “Jim”, James David Dondero proudly serves as president of Dallas Texas-based Highland Capital Management. Dondero, a co-founding member of Highland Capital, boasts 30 years of experience in the field of investment. During his time in the banking world Dondero has developed a diverse professional portfolio including award-winning product offerings, preferred and common stock, derivatives, mortgage-backed securities, real estate, and much more.

An affiliate advisor of NexPoint Advisors, L.P., James brings an unprecedented level of expertise to the table including a strong focus in high-yield and distressed investing. Following graduation with honors from the University of Virginia, Dondero started his career in 1984 as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty Training Program, a good start to a long and fruitful career. From there he went to hold many prominent positions, developing many of the tools and practices used by investment corporations around the country.

Dondero has been with Highland Capital since 2015. Prior to coming to Highland Capital Management he served as Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. During his five years with the company he managed to develop it from a startup to a value of approximately two billion dollars. He is credited as being a pioneer in the field of Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO).

In addition to his presidency with Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has served as a board member for several prestigious companies including American Banknote Corporation, Safety-Kleen Inc., MGM Holdings Inc., NeighborCare Inc., Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding Inc., Nexbank SSB, HCM Acquisition Company, and NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc.

James Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In 2014 he was honored to receive the Morningstar’s 5-star designation for global allocation and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities. Currently he oversees Highland’s retail and institutional products investment operations.

Mr. Dondero’s combination of expertise and award-winning service make him a great asset to Highland Capital Management and the Dallas, Texas business community. Highland Capital Management is expected to continue to flourish under the care of James David Dondero and continue to grow and develop into an enviable financial powerhouse.