James Dondero began his career in 1984 as an analyst at the Morgan Guaranty, where he had applied and accepted into their training program. A year later, he joined the American Express to fill the position of an analyst in corporate bonds. Earlier in his life, he earned himself two majors, Finance and Accounting, at the McIntire School of Commerce which is part of the University of Virginia. He later pursued two certifications Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Management Accountant. While at the American Express, he handled funds worth one billion dollars for fixed incomes.
James later worked for a subsidiary of Protective Life as a CIO, Chief Investment Officer. While he was there, the company grew substantially under James’ leadership. He later left so that he could start his own company, Highland Capital Management. This company deals with advising people about investments and alternative opportunities. Highlands Capital Management is made up of experienced and expert advisors and this makes it among the leading companies when it comes to managing and advising on alternative credit. The firm is known for its excellent skills and knowledge of strategies in credit, hedge funds, natural resources and equities of different kinds. Their clientele is far and wide including governments, foundations, corporates, institutions that deal with finance and endowments among others. Highlands has offices in Singapore, Sao Paulo, Seoul, New York City and Dallas, where their headquarters are.
James is a Chairman at Cornerstone Healthcare, NexPoint, and NexBank among others. He also serves on different boards such as MGM Studios. James through his company Highland Capital Management is involved in many events that are charitable. Some of the activities he has supported so far include and not limited to Uplift Education, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program and Snowball Express. James Dondero has a desire to improve the opportunities for education at Fort Worth, Dallas. He has created partnerships that continuously benefit the people of this community. Not only does he cater for people, he also is involved in animal charity. This is referencing his donation of one million dollars, which was dedicated to assisting in bringing back hippos to the Dallas Zoo.
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