Entrepreneur James Dondero is the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management in Dallas, Texas. The firm takes care of seventeen million dollars’ worth of ventures, including equity accounts, mutual funds, and credit hedge funds. This award-winning firm opened in 1994. Highland Capital has other branches in New York City, Japan, Taiwan, and Brazil. James Dondero graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce. He graduated with honors. Before Highland Capital Management, Dondero worked for JP Morgan Chase & Company, American Express, and Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. Dondero is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Managerial Accountant.
Dondero and his associates constantly look for ways to help the North Texas Area, including seeking ways for non-profits to help each other. James Dondero, along with Mary Jalonick, has a foundation which donates to charity. It is called the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. Highland Capital Management donated one million dollars to the Dallas Zoo for their hippopotamus home. A section of the zoo is named after the firm. Dondero and his philanthropic foundation, now led by Linda Owen, also donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the American Heart Association, and Southern Methodist University.
Recently, they donated one million dollars for a bilingual home for families who experience domestic violence. Eventually, the new home, called the Family Place, will have thirteen emergency shelters and bigger facilities. The Highland Capital Dallas Foundation has an annual budget of three million dollars. In addition to his firm and his philanthropy, James Dondero sits on a few boards. He donates his time to the Southern University Cox School of Business, Jernigan Capital, Inc., MGM Holdings, Inc., CCS Medical and NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. He can be reached on Facebook and Twitter.