Dallas’ own James Dondero is without a doubt, one of Texas’ most strongest business leader and philanthropist. James Dondero is an experienced business leader, having more than 30 years experience in both credit and equity markets. James Dondero is also the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. James Dondero has been in business since 1984, when he received his degree from the University of Virginia and their School of Commerce. James Dondero is dual certified as a management accountant and a chartered financial analyst. Before his time at Highland Capital Management, he was employed at American Express and then became the Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. Read more about James at Crunchbase.
Currently James Dondero serves the board of several corporations and organizations. James Dondero continues to support charitable organizations including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program. James Dondero recently gained attention for his work in bringing back hippos to the Dallas Zoo. James Dondero contributed $1 million to the zoo, to help rebuild the Hippo exhibit and transform it. James Dondero’s donation helped build a private pavilion for special events at the exhibit. His donation also gives visitors at the zoo the ability to see the hippos all over their habitat, including underwater. James Dondero continues to use Highland Capital Management help Dallas grow in a positive way, through philanthropy. Learn more about James Dondero at Affiliate Dork.
As James Dondero continues to increase his community outreach, James Dondero with help launched Highland Dallas Foundation, which helps James Dondero pick out which charities to contribute to. James Dondero continues to give to organizations dedicated to veterans, education and health care issues. In order to expand his reach to the community, James Dondero hired ex-Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation CEO Linda Owen. Owen and Dondero were able to coordinate with The Family Place, which is an organization for men who are victims of domestic violence.
James Dondero’s business experience includes lengthy portfolio management, which includes bonds, securities and stocks. While at American Express, he was responsible for more than $1 billion in fixed income.